Criterion Uses Renewable Energy-Powered Data Centers

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Criterion Uses Renewable Energy-Powered Data Centers


Since 2016, Criterion has used Switch data centers to provide colocation services for its work in Las Vegas. These data centers are powered by 100% renewable energy. In 2019, Switch retired 982 Solar and Wind Renewable Energy Credits (REC) on behalf of Criterion Systems, making our energy consumption 100% green at Switch’s data center facilities.

A REC is proof that 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity was generated from an eligible renewable energy resource and delivered to the energy grid. Each REC is independently tracked and verified and represents the environmental attributes of the power produced from eligible renewable projects and may be sold separately from the electricity produced from the source. These renewable energy credits comply with Greenpeace’s principles of locality, additionality, and sustainability, and were generated by Nevada solar farms and WECC wind farms in 2019.

“As our federal customers increasingly migrate to the cloud, we want to ensure that the energy demands of these data centers are met responsibly,” said Promod Sharma, CEO of Criterion. “We are proud to work with Switch to cover this demand via renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind.”

As an organization that’s built around sustainability and environment awareness, Switch is proud to provide its customers and ecosystem partners the ability to consume and deliver 100% green energy.

“We are pleased that our commitment to sustainably powering the internet helps companies like Criterion achieve their own strategic sustainability goals,” said Adam Kramer, Switch Executive Vice President of Strategy.

About Switch

Switch (NYSE: SWCH), the technology infrastructure corporation headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada is built on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the Internet. Switch founder and CEO Rob Roy has developed more than 500 issued and pending patent claims covering data center designs that have manifested into the company’s world-renowned data centers and technology solutions.

The Switch PRIMES, located in Las Vegas and Tahoe Reno, Nevada; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Atlanta, Georgia (opening in Q4 2019) are the world’s most powerful hyperscale data center campus ecosystems with low latency to major U.S. markets. Visit for more information