Rubicon Data Centers, a newly formed company based in San Francisco, has announced plans for its first data centre development project in Reno. Rubicon is partnering with Prologis, the leading owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, to develop a data centre campus on 44 acres. The first building will include 20 megawatts of critical power in a 300,000 sq ft facility. The project includes data centre suites for enterprise customers and multi-tenant collocation rooms along with office space.
The site, located at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, currently has access to power and water from Nevada Energy and TRI Water & Sewer Co., with the ability to purchase power from wholesale providers in the area to reduce overall power costs. Rubicon intends to deliver transmission power rates averaging $0.045/kWh. The cool, dry Reno climate provides ideal conditions for highly efficient cooling systems with low water consumption.
Rubicon is led by industry veterans, JP Balajadia and Kevin Louie, both former principal owners of 365 Main, Inc., a data center owner/operator that sold a portfolio of five data centres to Digital Realty Trust in 2010.
“Our goal is to deliver premium data centers at the lowest total cost of occupancy to all size tenants. Low cost data center sites located in the Pacific Northwest have only been available to the Facebooks of the world. Our inaugural site in Reno provides similar benefits - low cost power, reduced sales and property taxes, and an environment conducive to achieving a low PUE," said Balajadia. “Reno is the logical destination for California companies that want these benefits without having to deploy their equipment in towns in eastern Oregon and Washington that may not be as easily accessible. Reno is an hour flight or three-hour drive from San Francisco.”