Equinix Data Center Earns LEED Status

Colocation provider Equinix (EQIX) said today that its SV2 data center in Santa Clara, Calif. has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The San Jose, Calif. facility is the first Equinix site to qualify for LEED status.

The LEED certification follows an expansion and green retrofit of SV2 that was completed in mid-2009. The retrofit included the installation of air-side economizers, fans incorporating variable frequency drives (VFDs) and LED light fixtures and occupancy sensors. Equinix estimates that the retrofit will save it more than 4 million kWh in energy  annually, and will pay for itself in under four years.

“Earning LEED certification is another example of our commitment to advancing energy efficient data center operations and further demonstrates the efficiency gains that can be achieved through innovative thinking and strategic upgrades to an existing facility,” said Dave Pickut, the CTO of Equinix.

“This commitment carries through to all new Equinix IBX data centers, as well, which are designed in accordance with our best-practice guidelines,” Pickut said. “We’re very proud of the fact that retrofit projects, such as SV2, and recently designed IBX data centers, such as those in New York and Sydney, have achieved industry-leading efficiency ratings.”

Other examples of Equinix’s energy efficiency initiatives include:

  • Offering enterprise customers in Europe the ability to calculate their CO2 footprint and identify projects to offset data center energy consumption through its European Carbon Offset program.
  • Receiving certification from Naturemade Star, the Swiss label for green power production and green electricity products, that its four IBX data centers in Switzerland operate using 100% green energy.
  • Participating in Singapore’s NEWater program, a joint initiative between Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) aimed at studying the suitability of using reclaimed water as a source of raw water to supplement Singapore’s water supply.
  • Achieving energy savings of up to 30 percent at the Equinix SG2 IBX data center located in Singapore through automatic control of high efficiency fans as dictated by standby operation, room cooling load or underfloor static pressure.
  • Using air-side economizers to provide free cooling and partial free cooling during the winter months at the Equinix SY2 IBX data center in Sydney, Australia.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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