Yahoo Gets Power for Buffalo Expansion

The exterior of the Yahoo Computing Coop buildings in Lockport, New York. The data center opened for business today.

The New York Power Authority has approved an additional megawatt of hydropower capacity for Yahoo, which will allow the company to complete the second phase of its data center in Lockport, N.Y. The facility, which pioneered the Yahoo Computing Coop data center design, is part of an ongoing expansion of Yahoo’s data center.

The new allocation expands upon the 15 megawatts of power capacity Yahoo acquired at the outset of construction at the Lockport data center. The first phase of the project, which opened in September, featured 155,000 square feet of data center space housed in three 120-by-60 foot prefabricated metal structures. The new 120,000 square foot phase, which is nearly complete, will feature two additional “coops” and be backed by approximately $130 million in investment for construction and IT equipment, according to the NYPA.

Affordable hydropower was one of western New York’s key attractions for Yahoo, which has several additional data centers backed by hydro power in Washington state.

“The expansion plans of Yahoo demonstrate how the Power Authority’s resources can be the catalyst for improving and diversifying the economy of Western New York,” said John S. Dyson, NYPA trustee. “Yaho! has demonstrated its commitment to investing in New York State and to continuing to add new high-tech jobs. We are committed to working with Governor Cuomo to advance his Recharge New York agenda by using low-cost hydropower to support economic development efforts throughout the state.”

The Lockport data center will operate without chillers, which provide refrigerated water for cooling systems and are among the most energy-intensive components of a data center. The facility will use an evaporative cooling system during those 9 days a year when it is too warm to use fresh air. The buildings were positioned on the Lockport property to allow Yahoo to bring in cool air from either side of the coop, based on the prevailing winds.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. mark austin

    like to here about yahoo site and whats going on .but yahoo is not in or near buffalo,its niagara county lockport buffalo keep your hands off

  2. ds

    Um, Buffalo is 22 miles away from Lockport, as the crow flies, is in a completely different county, and there is no continuous sprawl between the two cities. Buffalo itself is only 53 sq miles, so I'm not sure how a city 22 miles away could be considered part of it.

  3. yama

    To the world, Lockport and all of Buffalo surroundings, it is still considered Buffalo.