HOUSTON — Skybox Datacenters has joined forces with NRG Energy, Inc. to unveil a groundbreaking datacenter facility in the Houston market. Through a combination of NRG innovation and Skybox reliability, the companies are jointly offering sustainable and renewable powered datacenter space at a fraction of the cost of competing datacenter offerings.

The Skybox Houston One facility is a 96,129 square-foot purpose-built datacenter located in the fast-growing Energy Corridor of Houston, Texas.

Skybox Datacenters worked closely with NRG to develop and accommodate each unique requirement – including a 1.34 PUE rating at full load, highlighting design efficiency in the Houston climate – and delivered a bespoke solution for their customized data hall. In addition to collaborating on the project, NRG also signed a long-term lease for a unique private data hall in the datacenter and has secured a multiyear wind electricity contract to support Skybox’s efforts to operate a 100% green energy datacenter.

“The Skybox team is thrilled to collaborate with such a prestigious client and we look forward to developing a strong working relationship with a world class organization such as NRG,” stated Rob Morris, Managing Partner of Skybox Datacenters. “Our goal is to create Houston’s first mission-critical campus dedicated to delivering premier purpose-built datacenters catering directly to Houston’s large enterprise users. We believe this new global datacenter with NRG is a strong first step in delivering on this plan.”

As NRG’s showcase datacenter facility, the location hosts a solar array and features a full hot aisle containment deployment, further driving efficiency within the environment. Skybox will use the renewable energy generated from NRG’s solar arrays on the front berm and carport to support the facility’s highly secure on-site office space.

“Our work with Skybox not only serves our immediate business needs, but is a showcase for other datacenter prospects who are looking to diversify energy solutions that power their datacenter needs,” said Donna Benefield, Senior Vice President of Information Technology, NRG Energy. “While today’s trends in datacenters focused on purely renewable powered options, the reality is that cost and reliability still play an important role in protecting mission critical data and infrastructure needs in running a business. We hope that our example serves to educate other prospects about the variety of renewable options available to them in the market today.”

Skybox Houston One delivers 12.5MW of power at 2N, N+1 and N configurations with a 300MW substation adjacent to the campus. Each column-less data hall possesses fully dedicated back-end infrastructure for each enterprise customer. The facility is designed to a LEED Silver standard and the six-inch-thick concrete roof deck combined with the rest of the roofing system can resist hurricane-grade winds of up to193 MPH.

With NRG’s space fully commissioned and delivered, Skybox Datacenters has already delivered DH3, its second private data hall within the Houston One facility, providing 1.2 to 2.4 MW of critical load at 2N or N configurations.

About Skybox Datacenters

Skybox Datacenters develops purpose-built datacenter facilities on a speculative or build-to-suit basis. Skybox Datacenters is a joint venture between Rugen Street Capital and Bandera Ventures, and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Connect with Skybox Datacenters on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter @SkyboxDCS

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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