CleanSpark, a Bitcoin miner, is expanding its mining capacity in the United States by purchasing 20,000 additional Antminer S19j Pro+ machines for a total cost of $43.6 million. It is anticipated that the acquisition would increase the processing capacity of the firm by 37%. Additionally, the transaction will bring the total number of miners acquired during the bear market up to 46,500 units.
After applying coupons for a discount of 25%, CleanSpark will pay $32.3 million for the machines. This comes out to a total price per terahash (TH) of around $13.25, as stated in a statement released on February 16th. It is anticipated that the Pro+ rigs would be delivered in batches between the months of March and May, and they are 22% more productive than their prior versions.
The firm is increasing its mining capacity by taking advantage of the market’s decreasing rig pricing in order to do so while the price of Bitcoin (BTC) is on the rise. According to information provided by Hashrate Index, the price per TH of ASICs with the same Bitcoin mining effectiveness is presently at $15.09, which is a significant drop from the price of $90.72 that was witnessed one year ago. In comparison to other computers of the same ASIC generation, the Antminer S19j Pro+ model, according to CleanSpark, provides a higher return on investment.
According to the business, “Once they are fully operational, it is projected that they will add 2.44 EH/s to CleanSpark’s current 6.6 EH/s of bitcoin mining processing capacity (for a total of 9 EH/s),” which would represent an increase of 37%.
CleanSpark asserts that the acquired models continue to be more appealing to its operations in the present market circumstances and that this trend will likely continue in the foreseeable future. “The S19j Pro+ delivers 122 terahashes per machine and saves an average of 2 joules of energy per terahash when compared to the S19j Pro model of the same generation,” the company said, adding that a total of 15,000 of the new machines will be shipped to the company’s locations in the city of Washington, Georgia. It was announced in January by CleanSpark that the site will be receiving an extension costing $16 million. This expansion is expected to result in an increase in the hash rate of 2.2 exahashes per second (EH/s), bringing the overall hash rate to as high as 8.7 EH/s. Before moving into the premises that was previously occupied by Mawson Infrastructure Group in Sandersville, the firm bought the building in August of the previous year.
According to a research conducted by Hashrate Index, publicly traded mining businesses had an increase in their mining output as well as their hash rates in January, after a challenging year in 2022 that was marked by falling Bitcoin prices and rising power costs. The amount of Bitcoin that was mined by CleanSpark throughout the month increased by a whopping 50 percent, hitting a new monthly production high of 697 BTC. Since December, when it was 6.2 EH/s, its hash rate has increased to 6.6 EH/s.
Other public mining companies, such as Core Scientific, Riot, Marathon, and Cipher, have seen significant increases in Bitcoin production over the course of the past month. This was made possible by consistent increases in the cost of electricity in the United States as well as improved weather conditions.