QTS Develops Mega Data Center to Increase Renewable Energy; Chad Williams Quoted

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QTS Realty Trust has begun the construction of a 158,000 square foot data center encompassing 85,000 square feet of leasable capacity and 27 megawatts of gross power capacity to provide renewable energy in Hillsboro, Oregon, the company announced on Wednesday

"QTS is committed to be an early mover at scale providing both hyperscale and hybrid colocation solutions in the fastest growing west coast data center market in the country," said Chad Williams, Chief Executive Officer, QTS. 

The company projects that the 92-acre site will enable the construction of five mega data centers, totaling approximately 1.5 million gross square feet, encompassing more than 1 million square feet of leasable capacity and over 250 megawatts of gross power capacity.

QTS has begun preparation for the first phase of development and expects to officially open and commission the first phase in mid-2020 with additional power capacity available for customers in the second half of 2020. 

The company’s new mega data center will include several ultra-high count fiber optic rings that interconnect 14 data centers and provide the lowest-cost dark fiber access to cable landing stations of trans-Pacific subsea cable systems. 

The new development has been aligned with QTS’ corporate commitment to provide 100% renewable power across all of its data centers by 2025. The company anticipates having 100% renewable energy available for customers upon opening its Hillsboro facility in mid-2020.

"We believe the strategic importance of the Hillsboro market will continue to grow as customers focus their data center infrastructure strategies around low-cost markets with strong access to power and a multitude of connectivity options. We are pleased to add sellable capacity in a new strategic market to further support and expand our ecosystem," Williams concluded. 

About QTS

QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of data center solutions across a diverse footprint spanning more than 6 million square feet of owned mega scale data center space throughout North America.  Through its software-defined technology platform, QTS is able to deliver secure, compliant infrastructure solutions, robust connectivity and premium customer service to leading hyperscale technology companies, enterprises, and government entities.  

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