EdgeCore Digital Infrastructure, a global data centre developer, owner and operator, broke ground yesterday in Santa Clara, CA on the first of two strategically-located, sustainably designed data centres, engineered to meet current and future customer requirements. Upon completion, the LEED designed campus will support 72 MW of critical load across 540,000 square feet of space. Utility power will be available at the site through Silicon Valley Power beginning in Q1 2024.
In November 2022, EdgeCore was acquired by Partners Group, a leading global private markets firm, acting on behalf of its clients. Partners Group will invest up to USD $1.2 billion to fund the acquisition and buildout of existing and future data centre sites. Today’s announcement of new construction in capacity and power-constrained Santa Clara is the first of several development projects EdgeCore has slated to begin in 2023.
“EdgeCore entered 2023 poised for rapid growth and today’s announcement of our Silicon Valley campus groundbreaking is the exciting start to a busy year of development,” said Jeff Dorr, President and Chief Financial Officer, EdgeCore. “To ensure the exacting standards of our customers are exceeded, EdgeCore’s commitment to infusing sustainable building and operational practices in each high-performance, ready-for-occupancy data centre we construct continues with this Santa Clara facility.”
EdgeCore’s new high-performance Silicon Valley data centre campus will be sustainably designed to achieve the following:
· LEED BD+C Silver certification
· Energy Star certification
· Water Utilization Effectiveness (WUE) of .01
· Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of <1.30
· The availability of carbon-neutral electricity
In designing to the above targets, EdgeCore will provide customers the ability to meet their sustainability commitments, while also offering the security, scalability, and reliability required to fulfill stringent performance specifications.
Silicon Valley is one of the largest and most vital data centre markets in the United States, but recent inventory and power constraints have made it difficult for cloud and technology companies to source scalable multi-megawatt capacity in the area.
“The Silicon Valley market was built on demand primarily from IT services, but demand from cloud services providers, especially hyperscalers, has dominated the market in the past few years,” said Stefanie Williams, Senior Research Analyst at 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence. “Finding space to build in Silicon Valley is increasingly difficult, however, because land there is often earmarked for residential or commercial use rather than for industrial buildings such as data centres. Power can also be difficult to access in large quantities.”
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