Construction activity at the new CoreSite data center in Santa Clara, Calif., which has received LED Gold certification.

LEED Gold for CoreSite Santa Clara Project

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Construction activity at the new CoreSite data center in Santa Clara, Calif.

CoreSite Realty has been awarded Gold-level certification under the LEED ( Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program for energy efficient buildings for the first of its four planned Santa Clara campus data centers at 2901 Coronado. CoreSite (COR) also said the company has been selected by Silicon Valley Power (SVP) as a 2011 Energy Innovator award winner.

The recognitions were announced as CoreSite prepares to open its second Santa Clara site, a 101,000 square foot data center facility at 2972 Stender Way. CoreSite now has the ability to build a third building, a 210,000 square foot data center, at 3001 Coronado Drive.

Santa Clara has been a hotbed of data center activity of late, as Digital Realty Trust, DuPont Fabros, Terremark, QTS and Vantage Data Centers have all had data center space under development.

Silicon Valley Power, the utility in Santa Clara,  awarded CoreSite the Environmental Innovator distinction within the Energy Innovator group based on CoreSite’s comprehensive efforts to support energy efficiency and renewable energy. SVP cited CoreSite’s energy-efficient air temperature design that will save an estimated 6 million kilowatt-hours annually, enough energy to power 6,750 homes for a month.

“CoreSite was selected from a number of excellent candidates for this award, each of whom was evaluated based on a rigorous review and scoring process,” said John C. Roukema, Director of Electric Utility at Silicon Valley Power. “Everyone at Silicon Valley Power would like to commend CoreSite for their efforts in energy-efficiency and renewable energy.”

Over the past year, the average power usage effectiveness (PUE) of CoreSite’s Santa Clara data center campus has been approximately 1.3, resulting in one of the most energy-efficient data center and colocation environments in California.

About the Author

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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