Advantages for Data Centers
Imperial Valley is a relatively untapped opportunity for the data center industry. With the lowest energy rates in the state, abundant and inexpensive Colorado River water resources, low-cost land, fiber connectivity and low risk for natural disasters, the Imperial Valley is assuredly an ideal location. As Imperial Valley leads the state in renewable energy production and resources, local data centers will also have opportunities to procure clean, reliable power.
The Imperial Irrigation District is currently able to offer the lowest known rates in the State of California at 9.3 ¢ per kwh with additional discounts under the economic development rate structure for users of more than 500kw loads.
Imperial Irrigation District holds senior water rights to 3.1 million acre-feet (1 acre-foot = 325,853 gallons) of Colorado River water, which comprises over 70% of California’s legal entitlement from the river. The Imperial Irrigation District has a set aside of 25,000 acre-feet of water for industrial use of which only 1,200 acre-feet has been allocated to date. The industrial rate for water in Imperial County is $80 per acre-foot or 24¢ per 1,000 gallons (0.00024¢ per gallon).
Leading Renewable Energy Producers
Imperial County currently leads the State of California in renewable energy production:
Solar (2000 MW)
Geothermal (700 MW)
Wind (265 MW)
Biomass (46 MW)
Hydroelectric (8 MW)
Additionally, there is approximately 2,000 MW’s of solar currently permitted and 1,300 MW’s of untapped geothermal resources waiting to provide your data center with clean, baseload renewable energy.