Data center firm EdgeCore Digital Infrastructure has broken ground on a new facility in Reno, Nevada.

The company this week announced it has begun construction on its initial data center campus in metro Reno, Nevada, nearly five years after initially planned.

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The 56-acre campus, along USA Parkway in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, will see two data centers developed totaling 1.5 million square feet (139,355 sqm) of space and capable of supporting 216MW of critical IT load. Completion is expected as early as late 2025.

"The demand for data center space in California continues to outpace the availability of land and power, so Reno's location just 250 miles and three milliseconds away makes it an incredibly attractive option for the world's largest cloud and Internet companies," said Clint Heiden, chief commercial officer, EdgeCore. "Add to that a 30 percent lower total cost of ownership versus a comparable deployment in the Bay Area, and Reno simply must be considered by businesses searching for data center space near the west coast."

The company said the site will employ a close-looped chilled water system to cool its facilities, and expects a water usage effectiveness (WUE) rating below 0.01 L/kWh.

The site will include an on-site substation. EdgeCore has completed an agreement with NV Energy for utility power to be delivered to the site by H2 2025. Development of the substation has already begun and is also slated for completion in H2 2025.

"We are pleased to partner with EdgeCore in delivering energy to their new data center campus in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center," said Tony Sanchez, NV Energy's executive vice president of business development and external affairs. "Our teams have worked closely to build the strategic infrastructure necessary for this important project. Our shared commitments to environmental respect and operational excellence, coupled with the renewable energy resources we have put into our energy mix in Nevada will provide lasting benefits for our mutual customers and the northern Nevada community."

Launched in 2018, EdgeCore has six data center campuses across the US in operation or development, spanning Phoenix, Arizona; Virginia; and Silicon Valley, California. The company has been planning a Reno site since it launched, and was originally expecting to break ground in the city that same year.

The company was acquired by Partners Group last year with plans to invest up to $1.2 billion to fund the acquisition and build-out of existing and future data center sites and has been on a rapid expansion spree. EdgeCore recently broke ground on a new campus in Santa Clara, California, and has bought land in Mesa, Arizona from Meta. The company is planning a number of data centers around Sterling, Virginia.

In 2021 the company submitted plans to build a data center in Berkshire, UK, on the site of a former HP office.

Switch is the largest data center provider in Nevada, with DataBank and Deep Edge also having a presence in the state, while Novva is developing in the area. Google launched a Nevada-based cloud region in 2020, with AWS launching a Las Vegas Local Zone last year. Apple operates a facility in Reno. Microsoft acquired around 275 acres in Silver Springs, Nevada, last year.