Still More Companies Eyeing Quincy

A dozen data center operators have indicated interest in developing sites in Quincy, Washington.

It looks like the data center boom in central Washington isn't likely to slow down anytime soon. Just a day after Base Partners announced plans for a 400,000 square foot data center campus in Quincy, officials at the Port of Quincy told the Seattle Times that Sabey Corp. is purchasing 39 acres at the port. We reported about Sabey's interest in the port of Quincy back in April.

Local economic development officials are indicating that there may be even more data center projects in the pipeline for the area. Terry Brewer, executive director of the Grant County Economic Development Council, told the Times that his organization has "responded to requests for information from more than a dozen clients and consultants representing clients who are researching sites for data centers."

Central Washington already has secured projects from Microsoft, Yahoo, Sabey Corp., Intuit and which will add a total of nearly 2 million square feet of data center space in the area. The companies are lured by cheap hydroelectric power from the Columbia River, which is priced as low as 1.8 cents per kilowatt hour.