Switch Opens The Citadel Datacenter Campus

Datacenter designer Switch earlier this week opened The Citadel Campus, a large datacenter complex in near Reno, NV.

The campus, which in the 2,000-acre Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (and next to the Tesla Gigafactory) will be completely powered by renewable sources. The facility can provide as much as 7.2 million square feet of datacenter space and provide as much as 650 MW of power.

The first datacenter in the campus is comprised of 1.3 million square feet and will provide 130 MW of power. The Citadel Campus is surrounded by a 20-foot concrete wall.

Switch, of course, is not the only datacenter company working to use fully renewable power. Earlier this week, REIT.com posted an interview and story featuring Jennifer Ruch, Equinix’s Manager of Global Utilities and Sustainability. She said that the company pledged in 2015 to eventually be fully renewable. The company subsequently made purchases of wind energy in Texas and Oklahoma. It has achieved the 100 percent renewable status in Europe, she said during the interview.

Nevada is a hot area, both in reality and in the datacenter world. Last month Data Center Knowledge reported that Apple had entered into a joint venture with NV Energy to build what the site referred to as a “massive” solar plant. The plant will power the company’s Reno-area campus.

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