Energy Efficiency, Commercial, Solar - December 19, 2018
Digital Realty improves efficiency, achieves Energy Star
Digital Realty, a global provider of data center, colocation, and interconnection solutions, announced it has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance in 24 data centers in 2018. The certification recognizes that the company’s data centers rank in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. Digital Realty's data centers are now saving a total of 720,000 megawatt hours relative to industry-average data centers, enough to power 80,000 average U.S. homes for a year and eliminating 535,000 metric tons of C02 emissions.
“Receiving ENERGY STAR certification for a significant portion of our data center portfolio speaks to the expertise of our data center design and operations teams and their sustained focus on achieving high levels of energy performance for our customers,” said Aaron Binkley, senior director of sustainability at Digital Realty in a statement. “These certifications are another element of our commitment to deliver to our clients best-in-class global data center solutions that minimize environmental impacts.
In the statement, Digital Realty noted it continues to improve its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and making cost-effective improvements to its buildings as part of the company's commitment to the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge and leadership in sustainable data center development and operations. The 24 facilities certified in 2018 total 385,000 kilowatts of data center capacity, representing more than one-third of Digital Realty's U.S. data center portfolio.
Digital Realty also announced the signing of an agreement to source a portion of the Salt River Project’s 100-megawatt solar plant to be built in Coolidge, Ariz. Commenting on the program, Salt River Project General Manager and CEO Mike Hummel added, "We are excited to offer a program that can meet the needs of customers like Digital Realty, with utility-scale solar energy at a competitive price."
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