Sun and clouds reflect the large surface of the solar array atop eBay's Topaz Data Center in South Jordan, Utah.

Sun and clouds reflect the large surface of the solar array atop eBay's Topaz Data Center in South Jordan, Utah.

Closer Look: eBay’s Solar Array at its Utah Data Center

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Sun and clouds reflect the large surface of the solar array atop eBay's Topaz Data Center in South Jordan, Utah.

Sun and clouds reflect the large surface of the solar array atop eBay’s Topaz Data Center in South Jordan, Utah.

Last year e-commerce giant eBay unveiled its largest solar installation to date today, situated atop its “Topaz” data center located in South Jordan, Utah. The 665 kilowatt solar power system, designed and installed by SPG Solar, featuring 72,000 square feet of solar panels and covers nearly the entire roof of the data center. That’s about 10 percent of the power required to operate the Topaz facility. In this video, Lori Duval, the Global Director of Green at eBay, discusses eBay’s use of solar power in Utah and the return on investment eBay is expecting on the project.

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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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