Change On Feb. 7, 2018, Las Vegas-based Switch announced plans, in conjunction with Capital Dynamics, to develop the Gigawatt 1 solar task in Southern and Northern Nevada.
Change plans to develop the single biggest solar task portfolio in the country in Nevada, the innovation facilities business based out of Las Vegas revealed today.
In a partnership with Capital Characteristics, the second-largest owner of solar projects in the United States, the Gigawatt 1 solar task will be integrated in Southern and Northern Nevada.
The project will generate some of the lowest-priced solar power on the planet and produce enough clean energy to power practically 1 million homes.
The project becomes part of Change owner and Chief Executive Officer Rob Roy’s Gigawatt Nevada plan that he presented in 2015. Amongst Change’s objectives, the company wants to power its data centers with 100 percent renewable resource.
” The foundation of Gigawatt Nevada is that Nevada needs to harness the sun the very same way Alaska harnesses its oil to substantially benefit all Nevadans,” Roy said. “Nevada takes pleasure in the very best solar window in the nation and so we Nevadans need to not just be using solar for ourselves, but exporting it throughout the western U.S. to create brand-new jobs, tax earnings, financial diversity, and raise energy independence.”
Gigawatt 1 anchor renters will include Switch and numerous Switch CORE clients that partner with Switch for their data center and telecommunication needs.
Some Change clients include Amazon Web Provider, eBay, Marvel, MGM and recently announced Hulu, which is moving its information center to a 100 percent renewable resource facility in Las Vegas.
Aside from present customers, several personal and public-sector gain access to customers in and outside the state remain in negotiations to join the project.
” This is the sort of opportunity that just really rarely presents itself,” said Benoit Allehaut, director at Capital Characteristics, which will own and establish possessions tied to Gigawatt 1.
” After hearing Rob Roy’s vision to build gigawatts of solar in Nevada, this was a chance we couldn’t pass. We see a natural collaboration to transform not just Nevada however the whole western electric grid. Change is the leader in cooperative purchasing of telecom capacity and can take a comparable management role in purchasing and distributing green energy.”
The job, slated to create 1,250 building jobs, will be built with American-made photovoltaic panels and will utilize regional Nevada labor.
Switch and Capital Dynamics will negotiate with their engineering, procurement and building and construction specialists and with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 357 and Laborers Union Resident 872 on agreement terms to build Gigawatt 1.
The statement is on the heels of Switch Stations 1 and 2 going live at the Apex Industrial Park north of Las Vegas in December. The combined plants produce 179 megawatts from the 1.98 million photovoltaic panels over the 1,979-acre task.
Greenpeace, which awarded Switch all A grades in its Clicking Clean Report, applauded the company for its tidy energy initiatives.
” Gigawatt 1 shows that when Switch and other leading business don’t take ‘no’ for a response, they can interact and kick open the door to big scale sources of renewable energy that are much better for the planet and much better for the economy in Nevada,” said Gary Cook, wenior IT sector expert and energy advocate at Greenpeace.