Data center park developer Tract has signed an energy partnership with solar farm developer Silicon Ranch.

Silicon Ranch, a company specializing in solar energy and battery storage, this week announced an exclusive collaboration agreement to pair renewable projects with Tract’s data center sites.

Silicon Ranch Solar farm.jpg
A Silicon Ranch solar farm – Silicon Ranch

As part of the collaboration, Silicon Ranch will initiate site acquisition and interconnection processes for owned and operated utility-scale solar and battery projects - exceeding 500MW - to directly support data centers on Tract campuses in Nevada and Utah.

"Silicon Ranch has deep experience supporting hyperscale data centers, with more than 2.5 gigawatts under contract with this important customer segment. We recognize their needs are evolving and are proud that this collaboration with Tract enables us to create a next-generation solution that combines shovel-ready development sites with access to pre-positioned renewable generation, uniquely tailored to the needs of these customers,” said Silicon Ranch co-founder and CEO, Reagan Farr.

“We are pleased to take this innovative step forward in collaboration with Tract, a company that shares our commitment to responsible land stewardship and productive long-term partnerships with host communities.”

Tract is led by Grant van Rooyen, president of the van Rooyen Group. News of the company surfaced in 2022 – at the time, it had reportedly identified 40,000 acres of potential investment sites. The company officially launched last year with plans for a 2GW, 2,200-acre development in Reno, Nevada. Tract recently announced plans for a 668-acre campus in Eagle Mountain, Utah, and a 46-building data center campus outside Richmond, Virginia, is also in the works.

“Our relationship with Silicon Ranch has developed over the past two years based on a joint recognition that delivering speed and certainty for tomorrow’s data center scale cannot rely on the processes and commercial models that have supported data center growth to date,” said Tract’s van Rooyen.

“As renewable power and data centers intersect, we need to plan strategically, with a longer time horizon in mind. With Silicon Ranch, we found a partner to build thought leadership and we look forward to collaborating with them in Nevada, Utah, and beyond.”

Founded in 2011, Silicon Ranch has previously signed energy deals with Meta for solar projects in Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.