World’s largest solar-powered data center coming to Arizona
Aug 9, 2019, 4:00 PM
PHOENIX — Arizona will soon be home to the world’s largest solar-powered data center.
Pegasus Group Holdings and Plus Minus Power broke ground Tuesday on the $3 billion facility in Mohave County, according to a press release.
The data center will sit on 717 acres south of Kingman off Interstate 40 and north of the Griffith Energy Facility.
According to the release, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and a brand ambassador for Pegasus, was in attendance.
Ferguson said she hopes the facility will help bring internet access to people who don’t currently have it.
“We will take the blueprint of this technology to China or India where they don’t have internet,” she said in the release.
“We can use the light we have today, the sun, to change the world.”
Mohave County Supervisor Buster D. Johnson said the project will bring in hundreds of jobs for its construction and 50 jobs when completed.
“What makes this project unique is that it doesn’t connect to the power lines and does not depend on our electric grid to operate,” Johnson said in the release.
“If this data center takes off, they plan on opening more similar projects in the area. This is groundbreaking technology and infrastructure, which, if successful, will put Mohave County on the map. ”
According to the release, several cryptocurrency and movie companies have expressed interest in the data center.