Switch said that as of the first day of the year all of its SUPENAP data centers – and the 1,000 customers they serve – were completely powered by renewable energy, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The story says that Switch uses power generated at Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2, which are facilities it built in Nevada. It partnered with NV Energy to secure energy during construction of the solar plants, which have a combined capacity of 180 MW.
The company also worked with NV Energy and the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to develop the NV Green Energy Rider tariff for Southern Nevada. The assets available from NV Energy through the program supplement the two solar facilities, the story said.
A report released late last year by Northbridge Energy Partners says that data center demands and grid limitations has led to a great percentage increase in the amount of power data centers use compared to overall production. Data centers, the study concluded, use 3 percent of all electricity used in the United States and Europe. This is a 100 percent increase during the past five years.