Green Data Centers

Second Vantage Facility Earns LEED Platinum

The exterior of the' V2 data center on the Vantage Data Centers campus in Santa Clara, Calif. (Photo: Vantage)

Vantage Data Centers said today that its V2 data center in Santa Clara, Calif. has earned a Platinum certification from the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. Platinum is the highest level of the LEED rating system for energy efficient buildings. Read More

Is Solar Power for Data Centers a Bad Idea?

Facebook has built a large solar array next to its new data center in Prineville, Oregon.

Solar power has become the hot new accessory for major data centers. But do these solar arrays make sense, given the current economics of solar energy and the volume of power required? James Hamilton of Amazon challenges the wisdom of on-site solar for data centers. Read More

Apple Plans 20MW of Solar Power for iDataCenter

The exterior of the Apple data center facility in Maiden, North Carolina (Source: Apple)

Apple has revealed new details about the operations of its huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina, including plans to build a 20-megawatt solar power facility to support its operations. Apple also plans to use a fuel cell powered by biogas that could generate up to 5 megawatts of power. Read More

Greenpeace, Facebook Announce Truce

After two years of sparring over data center energy, Greenpeace and Facebook today announced a truce, with Facebook agreeing to prioritize the use of renewable energy for its data centers, and Greenpeace suspending its “Unfriend Dirty Coal” campaign.
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