Cisco Systems Data Center – Allen, TX
In March 2008, Oncor was contacted about Cisco Systems' plans to build a new 168,000 sq. ft. data center in Allen, Texas. Given the nature of their business, reliability was of paramount importance, and the company’s leadership specifically asked Oncor how we could address their concerns.
Oncor managers met with Cisco executives and worked with the Allen Economic Development Corporation to ensure the necessary infrastructure was in place to deliver the large electrical load the new data center would require. Oncor experts evaluated the possibility of supplying electricity to the center through dual distribution feeds from separate substations and determined a portion of the load could be served from Oncor’s newly-constructed McKinney South substation, while the rest is served through the Allen North substation.
Additionally, in the midst of addressing Cisco’s unique service options and the corresponding necessary easement requirements, Oncor also announced its installation of the world’s largest Static VAR Compensator technology, which provides the needed voltage control to ensure the reliable operation of the power grid while minimizing the need for generation close to population centers.
Cisco’s data center broke ground in the latter half of 2009 and won the Dallas Business Journal’s “Best New Development” award in February 2010. According to city officials, the project could bring up to $500 million in taxable value over the next ten years, and create over 100 new jobs.
Oncor’s New Construction Division continues to work closely with the project management team to ensure the final pieces of infrastructure are in place to secure the site’s expanded reliability needs.