Carrier-1 Data Centers has announced a recent power upgrade project with Oncor Electric Delivery Company, increasing the facility power load from 3.5 MW to 8.5, while on the path to 10 MW total. With a 106,866 sq ft facility, and multiple megawatt generators, Carrier-1 continues to enhance their facility and services to meet the growing demand for reliable data center space in this region.
“Data center construction is flourishing in North Texas, and some say that it's the biggest boom ever in facility development. We continue to expand in ways that differentiate us in the market. Our tenants grow exponentially; therefore, always having secure, cooled and powered raised-floor space available is essential. We are pleased to be a vital part of this important backbone infrastructure for technology companies looking for wholesale colocation space,” said Peter Pathos, CEO, Carrier-1.
The DFW area so far this year has been one of the top five U.S. markets for data center demand, according to a new study by commercial real estate firm JLL. "Overall workforce growth, corporate headquarter relocations, and regional office expansion has created significant demand for more data center supply," JLL said in its new report. JLL estimates that more than four times as much data center space is planned for North Texas than is now under construction.
Texas is a great location for data centers as the only state in the union that can boast its own private power grid — called ERCOT, The Electric Reliability Council of Texas — the organization that runs the Texas grid. If you buy power in Texas, you are not sharing it with any other states. California, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Chicago, and Miami all have power grids that share with other states. Couple that with North Texas' lower risk of natural disasters and you have a perfect location for a primary and/or secondary data center site.
Price-per-watt costs in Texas are relatively low and stable, allowing Carrier-1 to keep costs low and stable for customers. Energy costs are currently at a record low. The affordable cost of real estate and tax incentives also play a role in savings over other markets. Better pricing for Carrier-1 means lower rates and higher margins for their colocation customers.