Salcido uses 7.5 megawatts of power — enough to power 11,000 homes. He wants to produce 50 bitcoins per day by July, which would require a whopping 42 megawatts of power.
That’s why he’s in Wenatchee: Power is extremely cheap — between 2 to 3 cents per kilowatt hour.
The reason? A series of dams on the Columbia River provide abundant hydroelectric power.
But it’s not just the cheap power. Cooler temperatures help keep the servers at the right temperature. And for a small town Wenatchee has great internet capacity.
“So we have not only low-cost electricity but also very good access to internet,” says Wright. “People put those two together and think ‘opportunity for bitcoin’.”