Novva Data Centers will open a facility in Las Vegas in 2023

A Utah-based data center company is working on a $400 million facility for southern Nevada.

And, said its founder, the outpost will have a cooling system that does not depend on the continued use of water in the parched metropolis.

Novva Data Centers this week announced plans for its 275,000 square foot location north of Las Vegas, saying the 100 megawatt facility is expected to open in late 2023.

The company began interior construction a few weeks ago to turn the newly constructed industrial building off Tropical Parkway and Interstate 15 into a data center, founder and CEO Wes Swenson told the Review-Journal.

In June, the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development approved more than $15 million in tax incentives for the company’s project, Swenson confirmed.

The Las Vegas data center industry is anything but synonymous with one major operator, Switch.

Swenson said the region has had only a few competitors, and he argues there is room for a “wholesale” product that allows customers to consume large amounts of computing capacity.

He also said that southern Nevada is a prime location for California traffic; that he expects people to continue to buy more Internet-connected products, thereby generating more data; and that his company, based in West Jordan, Utah, near Salt Lake City, is familiar with Las Vegas and not too far away.

“Vegas is really a perfect fit for us,” Swenson said.

Data centers are basically warehouses filled with computer servers, which require cooling systems.

Swenson said his company’s new facility is designed to withstand an outdoor temperature of 125 degrees. Novva’s data center in western Jordan uses half the amount of cooling equipment it plans to deploy in northern Las Vegas.

Still, Novva’s cooling technology will save an estimated 150 to 200 million gallons of water per year, according to its press release.

Swenson described it as a complex system that relies on outside air to cool the facility when it’s below 72 degrees outside; fans and refrigeration between 72 and 85 degrees; and compressors and fans when it’s over 85 degrees.

He said the company fills the system with water once, using between 35,000 and 75,000 gallons, but the water is sealed and does not evaporate or sweat.

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Ramon J. Espinoza