"The leaders—Apple, Google, Facebook, and now Switch—have shown a commitment and ability to remain focused on longer term plays to open monopoly markets to renewables." — Greenpeace, The Clicking Clean Report
Since January 1, 2016, Switch data centers run on 100% renewable energy. Guided by the vision of Founder and CEO Rob Roy, Switch continues to work on ensuring the sustainable growth of the Internet. This effort has been recognized by Greenpeace in its latest Clicking Clean Report where Switch scores all A grades, the highest rating for any class of company – and is the definitive leader among colocation operators.
The Switch Sustainability Initiative has driven all Switch data centers in North America to be run by 100% renewable energy. Switch’s patented and patent pending innovations in design, power, cooling and density resulted in significant efficiencies and an annual PUE rating far lower than the industry average. In addition to the Uptime Institute’s Tier IV Gold standards, Switch meets and exceeds the standards of IEEE, ANSI, ASHRAE, 24/7, ISO 9001, SAS 70/SSAE-16, BICSI, the Green Grid Association and more. Switch Tech and Switch Design are so advanced they are praised as Tier 5 or Tier “Elite”.
Switch's power and cooling technologies allow us to provide a density of up to 42kW per cabinet and achieve annual PUE ratings of 1.18 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and an estimated 1.20 in Reno, Nevada.
In 2016, Switch began construction of two solar power stations in Las Vegas, Nevada with a combined 180MW of capacity. These facilities have the ability to
Switch also applies sustainability initiatives to protecting the world’s most precious resource: water. Through industry partnerships, Switch helped pioneer and develop proprietary technology that eliminates chemicals from our cooling systems, while increasing efficiency by over 400% and saving more than 110 million gallons of water in just 3 years.
Switch is actively involved in working with policy makers and key influencers to make change happen for the better.
Switch became the first data center provider in the United States to join the White House American Business Act on Climate Pledge, which later became part of the Paris Climate Accord.
In January 2016, Switch announced plans to run its Pyramid Campus on 100% renewable energy. It started working with local utility Consumers Energy to develop a comprehensive plan to achieve this vision and will be 100% renewable as the facility opens.
Switch was one of two primary supporters for the ballot initiative in the state of Nevada, USA to create a well-regulated open-energy market. This ballot was successfully passed with 73% of the vote – making it the most successful ballot in Nevada’s history. The result of this initiative extends not only to businesses who operate in Nevada, but also to the residents of this state.