Sabey might be a lot smaller than eBay and Digital Realty Trust, but the Seattle-based company beat out both as the data center operator that achieved the highest level of energy savings last year as noted in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2017 Better Buildings Progress Report.
Sabey Data Centers was recognized for having achieved its goals in 2016,and for having the highest percentage of savings so far of all data center operators enrolled in the Better Buildings Challenge program. Started in 2011, 60 organizations initially joined the program, representing almost 2 billion square feet of building space. Their goal: to improve the efficiency of their building portfolios by 20 percent or more.
The federal government committed to a goal of $2 billion in third-party financing, and the finance community committed to $2 billion in energy efficiency financing. Today, more than 310 organizations representing 4.2 billion square feet and 1,000 industrial facilities have taken the Better Buildings Challenge, and public and private sector financing commitments total well over $10 billion.
Rob Rockwood, president of Sabey, said, “To be cited as a company that has a proven approach to significant energy savings is a great honor. It’s also a testament to our operations staff’s everyday commitment to energy efficiency and the eagerness on our customers’ part to embrace these practices.”
The DOE highlighted Sabey’s 408,000-square-foot Quincy facility in Washington State as a “Leadership in Action” model for the industry. “Sabey Data Center Properties has demonstrated that high efficiency design can be applied effectively in colocated data center spaces by achieving 41 percent savings at the multi-tenant Intergate.Quincy facility.”
As one of the biggest data center landlords in Washington, Sabey has more than 20 years of experience in the data center business and is perhaps the largest provider of hydro-powered facilities in the United States. Sabey’s current tenants include Microsoft Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, Savvis, Internap, VMware and T-Mobile.
In addition to two data centers in Quincy, it has large facilities in Seattle and Wenatchee. The company also has data centers in New York City and Ashburn, Virginia.