Novva preps robotics, water-free cooling for sustainable Tahoe-Reno data center

May 24, 2023
Located among prominent Tech Companies in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, Novva Tahoe Reno is Novva Data Centers' fourth facility boast to the company’s sustainable designs.

West Jordan, Utah-based Novva Data Centers on May 8 announced that it will open a new purpose-built data center in Storey County, Nevada. Set to open in late 2024, the 20-acre campus will be located next to other major tech firms in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC), one of the world’s largest industrial parks located along I-80, just outside the city of Reno.

Per information in a press release, construction will begin soon on the 300,000 square foot, 60MW data center, which features 54” raised flooring and a total of six 10MW data halls.

Each data hall features approximately 30,000 feet of column-less space that will maximize available square footage for tenants. The facility can accommodate high density deployments with hot air containment, and a dedicated on-site 100mw N+1 substation will supply scalable power from NV Energy.

Novva Tahoe Reno is expected to open in late 2024, becoming Novva’s fourth location alongside existing facilities in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and West Jordan, Utah, as well as a soon-to-be-opened data center in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Key features and benefits of the Novva Tahoe Reno facility will include tenant amenities such as multiple meet-me rooms, offices, storage breakrooms, an executive conference room, shower facilities, an arcade and beautiful scenery ("including wild mustang viewings – free of charge," adds Novva).

Other facility hallmarks include diverse campus entry points; low latency connection to the San Francisco Bay Area (6 millisecond round trip); and Novva’s proprietary energy delivery architecture, which the company notes is 100% concurrently maintainable, featuring distributed redundant power distribution and a software-controlled independent bus switch from transformer to lithium ion uninterruptible power supply, as well as SCR-equipped diesel generators for each leg of power.

Thoughtful, sustainable design

As reckoned by a press release, "the new facility will be outfitted with the thoughtful, sustainable design flourishes and high-tech monitoring features that Novva’s data centers are known for, including a proprietary water-free cooling system, autonomous aerial drone security, robotic dog monitoring, direct-to-chip compatible cooling and perimeter security gates featuring 24/7 monitoring."

Novva’s customary approach of employing sustainable design will be on full display in the new data center. As such, the facility will seek local renewable energy credits, cool its servers with high-efficiency water-free cooling featuring a recyclable polypropylene chilled water pipe to cut down on water demand from nearby Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River, and practice radiant cooling and heating in the offices.

LED lighting with automatic off sensors, drought resistant landscaping, locally sourced pre-cast exterior panels and limited export and import of soil are other ways the facility will live up to Novva’s rigorous energy efficiency standards.

“Our new tech-forward facility, which we’ve dubbed Novva Tahoe Reno, will feature all of the hallmarks enterprises have come to expect from Novva’s facilities: sustainability, innovation, security and unrivaled amenities," said Wes Swenson, founder and CEO of Novva Data Centers. “Storey County is a growing tech hub centrally located to major western cities with access to renewable energy alternatives and attractive sales and use tax abatement programs, making it an ideal location to continue our expansion in the Western U.S.”

Geographic profile

Boasting close proximity to major western cities and the airport, low disaster risk from natural disasters such as flooding, tornadoes, and earthquakesm a qualified workforce, competitive property tax rates and an overall business-friendly tax climate, Storey County’s Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center continues to attract major enterprises, including Novva’s new neighbors Apple, Google and Tesla.

According to Wikipedia, "Storey County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2020 census, the population was 4,104, making it the third-least populous county, but one of the fastest-growing economies in Nevada. In 2018, over 18,000 people were employed in the county."

“Storey County is an ideal location for enterprises looking to put down roots and data center facilities like Novva’s make the area even more attractive to prospective business residents,” said Lara Mather, business development officer for Storey County. “Novva’s sustainability-first mindset fits well with ongoing environmental initiatives spearheaded by the county. We look forward to welcoming Novva to the tech-rich landscape of the TRIC.”

Novva Tahoe Reno said it is currently taking reservations. Interested parties should contact 1-888-NOVVADC.

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