Zero-carbon Susquehanna data centre to connect to nuclear power

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Cumulus Data has announced that it has completed key milestones in the construction of Phase 1 of its flagship 475-megawatt, zero-carbon Susquehanna data centre campus located in northeast Pennsylvania, which will be connected to a local nuclear power generation facility to support its energy requirements. The construction of the powered shell for its first 48-megawatt, 300,000 square foot data centre is complete and available for lease, with various fiber routes in service.

The 1,200-acre campus, a first of its kind in the U.S., will provide zero-carbon, low-cost, reliable energy generated by Talen Energy’s Susquehanna nuclear power generation facility. The Cumulus data centres will be directly connected to the 2.5 gigawatt Susquehanna power stations, without intermediation by legacy electric transmission and distribution utilities, providing data centre customers significant value and competitive advantages. 

This direct-connect, on-site power generation model enables industry-leading total cost of ownership with the most attractive power rate in the U.S. The size and design of the Cumulus campus offers scalability, flexibility, and time-to-market advantages with build-to-suit options, coupled with strong zero-carbon ESG customer benefits.

“Our flagship Cumulus Susquehanna data centre campus is positioned to welcome its first tenant and commence commercial operations this year,” said CEO Alejandro Hernandez. “We look forward to advancing our mission to solve the energy ‘trilemma’ which we define as the rapidly increasing consumer demand for zero-carbon, low-cost, and reliable electricity by data centre customers, beginning with our first Cumulus Susquehanna data centre campus.” 

“There are currently few options that fulfill all three requirements at once – at massive scale, while offering data center customers an industry-leading TCO,” commented Scott Hanna, Cumulus chief revenue officer. “As a member of the iMasons Climate Accord, Talen and Cumulus will support our customers in achieving carbon neutrality by uniting together to adopt a common standard enabled by solutions such as the Cumulus carbon-free data centre platform.”

In addition to meeting the growing need for zero-carbon, low-cost, reliable energy to power technology applications, the Cumulus Susquehanna data centre campus investment will create family-sustaining jobs, provide technology training, and offer economic benefits including tax revenue and increased consumption of local goods and services to both Pennsylvania and the surrounding community. Cumulus expects to replicate this model at other locations and provide these benefits to additional communities in which Talen Energy operates.    

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