Consumers Energy in data center deal with Switch in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — Switch (NYSE: SWCH), the Las Vegas-based technology infrastructure provider, announced that it has signed a colocation deal with Consumers Energy, officially selling out 90 percent of the second sector of the Switch Pyramid data center.

Switch bought the former Steelcase corporate development center in 2016, announcing plans to convert the property into a $400 million data center.

Switch officials said the Consumers Energy deal put those plans ahead of schedule, with work under way on the build-out of the next sector of the Pyramid data center.

Over the last three years, Switch said it had developed a strong partnership with Consumers Energy, providing 100 percent renewable energy to Switch’s Pyramid campus.

“Like Switch, Consumers Energy has made a commitment to the planet and to Michigan,” said Brian Rich, Consumers Energy senior vice president for customer experience and technology. “This new agreement with Switch keeps our dollars in Michigan as we work to power our IT infrastructure with 100 percent renewable energy. We have been pleased to work with Switch, first to develop a new program that powers Switch with renewable energy, and now to be a client at the Switch Pyramid.”

The Pyramid campus in Grand Rapids offers zero sales/use tax and zero business personal property tax for Switch’s clients.

“Consumers Energy’s selection of Switch’s Pyramid Campus to house its mission-critical data demonstrates their need to be operating in a data center environment that provides unparalleled security, resiliency and 100-percent uptime,” said Switch executive vice president of strategy Adam Kramer.

Switch also operates large data centrs in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, and Atlanta, Ga. Switch said its data centers are located based on power, connectivity, taxes, cost of living and lower risk of natural disasters. Visit switch.com for more information.

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corp. (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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