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Switch data centers going green with 100% renewable energy

The data center provider Switch recently announced that all of its SUPERNAP data centers and its more than 1,000 clients who are colocated at their facilities, will be powered by 100% renewable energy.According to a company news release, the move makes Switch the world's lar Read More...

Data center company Digital Realty receives EPA recognition for cutting emissions

Digital Realty Trust Inc., a data center solutions and services provider based in San Francisco, recently earned U.S. EPA Energy Star certification for its facility in Lithia Springs, Ga.Digital Realty is also a U.S. DOE's Better Buildings Challenge partner. The EPA certification acknowledges t Read More...

Skybox Datacenters teams with NRG on renewable powered facility

Skybox Datacenters is one of the latest datacenter companies to jump into the renewable energy pool. The company will use a combination of onsite solar and a long-term wind power purchase agreement to provide clean energy to one of its Houston facilities.The facility, Skybox Houston One, is a 9 Read More...

Microsoft pilots underwater data centers

In an effort to harness nature's natural cooling powers, Microsoft is experimenting with siting data centers offshore under water in the ocean. Additional benefits include locating data centers in closer proximity to highly populated coastal areas and the ability to rapidly deploy a data center if n Read More...

Large data network equipment now eligible for EPA's Energy Star label

IT procurers and data center operators now have help selecting products that save money on energy bills, thanks to a new U.S. EPA Energy Star specification for "large network equipment" released Dec. 2, 2015. The new specification will also assist manufacturers of efficient equipment increase s Read More...

Iron Mountain inks wind power purchase agreement that 'ensures price stability'

Storage and information management company Iron Mountain announced that it signed a 15-year wind power purchase agreement that will exchange 30% of its North American electricity footprint with renewable energy. The company also said it agreed to purchase two-thirds of the power produced by a n Read More...

Moving beyond RECs, Microsoft seeks more renewables for data centers

Though its data centers are already 100% "carbon neutral," Microsoft Corp. recently announced plans to increase their direct use of renewable energy in the years ahead. Microsoft, similar to other technology companies, uses a mix of energy efficiency, on-site renewable energy and Read More...

CenturyLink targets 25% energy reduction at data centers by 2030, commits to sharing strategies

Joining an ever-growing list of companies taking new strides to manage energy use at data centers, CenturyLink Inc. on June 1 announced new energy reduction targets and promised to share strategies for achieving them. The hybrid IT solutions provider is aiming to cut its non-IT l Read More...

DOE unveils $25M in funds available through data center efficiency program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy recently announced up to $25 million in funding for a new program focused on creating innovative components to increase the energy efficiency of data centers.The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy group, o Read More...

Bank of America deployed $14.5B in renewable energy, efficiency projects in 2015

Bank of America Corp. reported that it provided $14.5 billion in financing for renewable energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable projects in 2015, and continues to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within its own operations. Examples of Bank of America's renewable energy&nb Read More...

Microsoft unveils pilot program for data center energy storage

Microsoft has teamed up with NRG Energy Inc., Primus Power and others on a pilot program to advance energy storage at Microsoft’s data centers across the globe.The pilot program will be carried out in collaboration with NRG Energy, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and battery Read More...

With help from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, data center energy use levels after years of rapid growth

Partially driven by the efforts of companies like Amazon Inc. and Google Inc. to reduce the energy intensity of data centers, a new report has found that electric consumption from U.S. data centers has plateaued after rapidly rising for more than a decade.The report by the U.S. Department of Energy' Read More...

Google signs PPA for additional European wind energy to power data centers

Already a leader in wind energy procurement, Google on June 29 said it agreed to purchase, for 12 years, the entire electric output of a 120-MW wind farm to be built in Norway. Through a power purchase agreement — Google's first in Norway — the company plans to u Read More...

Data center cooling center market forecast to hit $17.8B by 2024 as demand surges

Driven by increasing demand for energy efficient cooling solutions for a growing number of data centers across the commercial and industrial sector, a new study has forecast big growth in the market. According to the Grand View Research Inc. study, the global data center market is expected Read More...

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Facebook unveils site for efficient new data center

Facebook Inc. has decided on Los Lunas, N.M., as the location for its newest data center, which it plans to run entirely on clean energy. The social media and networking company announced its choice —it had also been considering a location in Utah — on Sept. 14. Regulators Read More...

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