The Mesa City Center is uniquely positioned to offer from 7 to 15 acres for a data center site that could access City-owned electric, gas, water, wastewater and a chilled water district. The City is also interested in a possible co-generation opportunity.
THE MESA ADVANTAGE
The City of Mesa owns and operates the following utility services in the City Center
- Electric (20% of Mesa's energy portfolio is provided by sustainable sources)
- Natural Gas
- Water & Wastewater
- Chilled Water District
Because the City owns these assets there is an opportunity to build a co-generation plant to provide power and cooling for the data center.
The City Center site is a 15 acre city-owned site within Mesa’s City Center available for development. The site is “shovel-ready” and is located within close proximity to existing substations providing strong redundancy. The firm RSP Architects provided the city with some pro-bono conceptual design work to help visualize the development of a data center on 7.5 acres of the site. Conceptual Designs
DATA CENTER SALES TAX EXEMPTION
Provides sales tax exemptions for data center equipment and construction for owners, operators, and co-location tenants of computer data centers who are certified by the Arizona Commerce Authority. A qualified co-location tenant is an entity that enters into a contract with the owner or operator of a computer data center for an IT load of at least 500 kilowatts per month for a period of two or more years.
- To qualify for tax relief as a new data center in Maricopa County, it requires, within five years of certification, that an owner or operator make a minimum investment of $50 million.
- The qualification period is 10 calendar years from when the certification form is files, unless the data center qualifies as a sustainable redevelopment project whereas the qualification period may then be 20 years.
- A sustainable redevelopment project is defined as a data center that satisfies investment requirements described above and that occupies or will occupy the structural improvements at an existing facility that either:
- was at least 50 percent vacant for six of the last 12 months before the acquisition by purchase or lease of or with respect to the facility, OR
- attains certification under the Energy Star or Green Globes Standard, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating standard developed by the United States Green Building Council, or an equivalent green building standard that was not previously certified under these standards.
LOW RISK OF NATURAL DISASTERS
- 2008 Sustainland Study named Mesa the safest place in the nation when considering natural disaster and catastrophic risk.
- Low seismic risk
- No hurricane risk
- No tornado risk
- No snowfall risk
- No volcano risk
- Phoenix-Mesa Metro area has a workforce of more than 2 million.
- Arizona State University, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering has more than 18,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate engineering programs.
- More than 140 different technology degrees from associate's to doctoral are offered at Mesa's 13 higher education institutions.