Microsoft’s Iowa data center cluster to reach 3.2M square feet
From a data center perspective, Iowa has a lot going for it. Its industrial electric rates are 5.71 cents per kWh, near the bottom nationally, according to U.S. data. It has experienced “minor earthquake activity” since the U.S. took control in 1803 under the Louisana Purchase.
It’s also far from hurricane trouble, but Iowa is at higher risk for tornadoes, and that may help explain #Microsoft ’s data center building plans.
Microsoft is building a 1.7 million-square-foot data center complex in the West Des Moines area. The project, announced last week, is on top of two other Microsoft data center projects for the area that were announced in2008 and 2014.