|Location||Childress County, Texas (USA)|
|Power Capacity||20MW initial development|
600MW when fully operational
~6,500 Initial 20MW development
|Connectivity||Dual physical fiber paths|
|Employment||56 direct full-time jobs when fully operational|
Childress will be Iris Energy’s fourth operating site and is located in Childress County, Texas (population 7000) approximately 250 miles northwest of Dallas.
Once fully operational, the proprietary data center will consist of 30 data center buildings, each approximately 500 feet long. The site will be directly connected to the ERCOT electricity grid via a 345kV transmission connection located on the 420-acres of freehold land owned by Iris Energy. The connection will have the capacity to deliver 600MW of electricity to the site.
The 600MW proprietary data centers (when fully operational) are expected to support approximately 56 direct full-time local jobs in Childress County.
The initial 20MW proprietary data center will have capacity for ~6,500 Bitmain S19j Pro miners.
The facility will generate long-term revenue streams for Childress County and the local community over the multi-decade expected life of the business. Iris Energy has committed to purchasing locally and contracting with local businesses where it is possible and makes sense to do so.
The site is strategically placed in the Texas Panhandle region with access to low-cost excess renewable energy.
The region has approximately 32GW of renewable energy installed (wind and solar) with a further 11GW planned, however only approximately 18.5GW of nameplate transmission line capacity to export this renewable power to major load centers (such as Dallas and Houston) and due to technical constraints these lines can often only operate at approximately 12GW of effective transmission capacity.
This constraint currently results in wind and solar farms often being curtailed (or temporarily turned-off) at times of high renewable energy generation due to a lack of local load.
Iris Energy’s Childress operation will support existing renewable energy generation and further build out of renewable generation by establishing a significant flexible load in the West Texas load zone which is able to utilize low-cost power during periods of oversupply (e.g. excess intermittent renewable energy) and then reduce energy consumption during certain high price time periods when the market is in undersupply (e.g. solar/wind output is insufficient or during an extreme weather event).