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 2018, Switch retired 1,004 Solar 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 in 2018.

“We are dedicated to helping our federal customers who are migrating to the cloud,” said Promod Sharma, CEO of Criterion. “Given the electricity demands of data centers, we are proud to work with Switch to make sure that demand is covered by renewable energy, the responsible approach to powering the IT we need to meet critical missions.”

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 Switch’s commitment to sustainably powering the internet results in aiding companies like Criterion in achieving their sustainability goals,” said Adam Kramer, Switch Executive Vice President of Strategy. “Being committed to sustainability is a core value at Switch that we share with Criterion.”

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