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    1. Facebook, Yahoo!, QTS Data Centers Land LEED Ratings

      Facebook, Yahoo!, QTS Data Centers Land LEED Ratings
      Efforts to make the data centers of major tech companies more energy efficient were recognized last week with LEED certifications awarded to a Facebook facility in Oregon, a Yahoo! site in Nebraska and a vast QTS data center in Atlanta -- the second largest in the world. Quality Technology Services, one of the larger providers of data center facilities and managed services, earned LEED-Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for a 990,000-square-foot site in Georgia, the company said. The firm has worked to reduce and offset power at its Atlanta Metro Data Center in the four years since purchasing the property. Measures include installing a rainwater capture system as part of the site's cooling infrastructure and improving power usage effectiveness by 11.4 percent since January 2010. This past summer, the company hosted an EDF Climate Corps fellow who teamed up with the data center's ...
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    2. IBM solar array designed specifically for data centers

      IBM solar array designed specifically for data centers
      Summary: Built for its software lab in India, the company eventually will make the technology available to clients seeking green data center power alternatives. Wanted to reiterate some news out of IBM’s India operation early in November: the company has designed a solar array for its data center in Bangalore specifically configured with the needs of servers and cooling infrastructure in mind. And, yes, the technology will eventually be available to IBM customers.
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    3. Apple’s solar farm rumored to work with Leaf Solar

      Apple’s solar farm rumored to work with Leaf Solar
      Apple rumor site AppleInsider says the solar farm Apple is planning to build next to its billion-dollar data center will be built with the help of a company called Leaf Solar Power based in Lake Worth, Fla. While the article focuses on how the company is a U.S.-based company and not a Chinese solar company, Leaf Solar Power looks like it’s mainly a solar project developer, so could potentially (and very likely) use Chinese-made solar panels for the solar farm, if the farm is using solar PV. We just don’t have enough information about Apple’s solar project to know yet. Companies in the U.S. that want solar projects built on their campuses, or rooftops, or near factories, generally will work with a local solar project developer, which manages the construction of the farm, the financing and sourcing of the gear for the farm.
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    4. Facebook to Install Hybrid Solar Power and Water System at New HQ

      Facebook to Install Hybrid Solar Power and Water System at New HQ
      Social media giant Facebook plans to install a rooftop solar power system that will provide hot water as well as electricity at the company's new corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The hybrid 60-kilowatt system by the startup Cogenra will sit atop the building that houses the campus' 10,163-square-foot fitness center and is expected to generate enough energy to reduce natural gas needs by 60 percent and supply some of the electricity used in the gym. The energy from the system will be used to heat water for showers and power equipment and lights. Highly visible green energy systems are becoming a hallmark of leading businesses in Northern California's Bay Area, from REI's rooftop solar installations in Santa Rosa and San Francisco to Adobe's novel vertical wind turbines on its LEED-Platinum rated headquarters in San Jose.
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    5. IBM brings solar power to data centers

      IBM brings solar power to data centers
      The company tomorrow will detail a pilot project that couples solar power with water-cooled servers that run on high-voltage direct current. The method results in about a 10 percent energy savings by reducing the losses that normally happen in converting from alternating power from the grid to the direct current servers run on, according to Kota Murali, the chief scientist of nanotechnology at IBM India who developed the pilot as a side project. That level of energy reduction is significant for large data centers with many servers, but the implications of solar and servers are potentially profound for places that don't have access to reliable power, Murali said. A bank, for example, that wanted to set up a remote branch and operate a data center could use solar power as a way to supplement power from the grid and on-site generators. IBM plans to offer the system in custom ...
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    6. Facebook turns to solar for heat and power

      Facebook turns to solar for heat and power
      Facebook plans to build a solar system on the rooftop of its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., from startup Cogenra Solar, that will generate both electricity and heat. The system will be built on the company’s fitness center and in addition to electricity, will provide heat for the showers and will displace 60 percent of the building’s natural gas needs. Cogenra is a VC-backed Valley startup that has designed a hybrid solar system that uses both mirrors and solar cells to generate electricity and useful heat. The system uses a single-axis tracker, and relies on glass mirrors to concentrate sunlight onto silicon solar cells to produce electricity. In the same region where the cells reside is a fluid-containing tube that absorbs the heat produced from the process of electricity production.
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    7. Apple tills a solar farm to power its data center.

      Apple tills a solar farm to power its data center.
      Apple tills a solar farm to power its data center.ITworld.comAfter that, hardware elements will be added, including HP's POD with systems running AMD's Opteron server processors, which the chip maker said are designed for greater energy efficiency and cloud computing. This company, CG Tech Services, ...and more »
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    8. Apple’s Green Plans Scorched By N Carolina Residents

      Apple’s Green Plans Scorched By N Carolina Residents
      Apple fails again to get on the right side of green even though it is building a solar power array Apple is in the early stages of installing an array of solar panels for its data centre in Maiden, North Carolina, it has been revealed. This project, code named Project Dolphin Solar Farm A Expanded, could be seen as an effort by the company to improve its environmental image after repeated criticism over its track-record in China and its reliance on “dirty” sources to power. Slash and burn not very green Unfortunately, the company is in the process of burning and clearing 171 acres of green space near its 500,000 square foot iDataCentre - built in 2009 to house data for iTunes, MobileMe and iCloud – to build a solar power array. If estimates are to be believed, the solar power would only provide a maximum of 24 Megawatts, a fraction ...
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    9. Apple Building Solar Farm to Accompany 1B North Carolina Data Center

      Apple Building Solar Farm to Accompany 1B North Carolina Data Center
      October 26, 2011 -- According to a whole slew of reports appearing this week, technology giant Apple is building the “Project Dolphin Solar Farm” in connection to its $1B data center in Maiden, North Carolina. The company has reportedly been granted license to start preparing 171 acres located next to the data center for the solar farm.
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    10. Global server farms around the world

      Global server farms around the world
      Dalles, Oregon (Google) Built in 2006, this was one of the first server farms to be built ‘from the ground up’, at a cost of £375m ($600m). Situated close to the 2000MW Dalles Dam on the Columbia River, it has the benefits of green, reliable power, and temperatures varying between 30F (-1C) in Winter and highs of 88F (31C) in summer. Prineville, Oregon (Facebook) Facebook opened its first self-built server farm here on October 19, using an air-cooling system to reduce power usage. Nonetheless, Facebook has been criticised by Greenpeace because the power it does use if 63pc coal generated.
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    11. Apple Planning Solar Array Near iDataCenter

      Apple Planning Solar Array Near iDataCenter
      Apple is in the early stages of installing an array of solar panels on a large parcel of land it is clearing for its new data center in Maiden, North Carolina, according to documents filed with officials in Catawba County. The company is in the process of clearing trees from 171 acres of land across from its 500,000 square foot iDataCenter. While a solar power generation facility could make Apple’s data center slightly greener, local residents are complaining about smoke in the area from fires to burn off cleared trees and debris on the Apple property, according to local media. Few details are available about Apple’s plans for a solar array, which were referenced in an application for a soil erosion permit with the county. Apple has yet to submit plans with Maiden for additional work at the site. More Data Centers Using Solar Power If it ...
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    12. Apple building solar farm for data center

      Apple building solar farm for data center
      Apple has been laying plans for a solar farm next to its massive data center in Maiden, North Carolina, according to The Charlotte Observer. The solar project — dubbed Project Dolphin Solar Farm — will reportedly be built on 171 acres of land across the street from Apple’s planned $1 billion data center, which had the code name Project Dolphin, but is now being called iDataCenter, and will likely partly serve the Apple’s cloud-based service iCloud. The report provides few details, and leaves us wondering about the size of the solar farm, the companies that will build the solar project, and how much Apple is spending on the project (or the price at which Apple is buying the clean electricity). Solar farms that have been built next to data centers in the past commonly are relatively small and can only power a small portion of data center’s power needs.
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    13. Prudential Financial: 1,000 servers moved into a virtual environment

      Prudential Financial: 1,000 servers moved into a virtual environment
      When Mary O'Malley became Prudential's environmental task force chairperson in 2007, she found that the company's IT department was already focused on being green. "A lot of their work was focusing on facilities, renewable energy investments and employee volunteer efforts around conservation and stewardship," says O'Malley, vice president of local initiatives at Prudential Financial. Prudential's technology folks have accomplished much more since then, and in the past year, IT has continued to lead projects that yield green benefits.
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    14. Web Host Caronet to Expand Charlotte Data Center

      Web Host Caronet to Expand Charlotte Data Center
      October 20, 2011 -- Caronet announced on Thursday it is expanding its data center in Charlotte, North Carolina with more than 15,000 square feet of hosting and colocation space. The facility will be supported by significant increases to its power supply and backup units to bring its total data center footprint across three units to more than 40,000 square feet of Tier 3 space.
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    15. Green with Envy: Creating a Green Data Center

      Green with Envy: Creating a Green Data Center
      The world’s most advanced and sought after data centers not only have to guarantee optimal space, security, power and connectivity but also ensure far superior environmental performance than their predecessors. In the face of an increasingly arduous regulatory landscape, a worldwide financial crisis prompting companies to do more with less, and operators under pressure to deliver optimized energy environments to satisfy demanding environmental expectations from customers, what steps can next-generation data centers take to ensure they benefit from a green infrastructure? The following article offers practical considerations and tips for meeting the standards of today’s sustainable data center.
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    16. What it Will Take to Make Renewable Energy a Reality in the US

      What it Will Take to Make Renewable Energy a Reality in the US
      The IndypendentWhat it Will Take to Make Renewable Energy a Reality in the USThe IndypendentStill, its main initiative on global warming has been an unsuccessful attempt to enact a “cap and trade” system–essentially, “in exchange for being allowed to operate a coal-fired power plant in Tennessee, we'll buy a forest in Brazil and not cut it ...and more »
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    17. Video: Cisco’s New Raleigh Data Center

      Video: Cisco’s New Raleigh Data Center
      Cisco Systems has released a video overview of its new data center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The video discusses the multi-purpose nature of the facility, which can be converted from application development to disaster recovery. It also reviews Cisco’s use of solar panels, 415/240V power distribution, variable frequency drives in cooling equipment, a water-side economizer, and the reuse of waste heat from servers. There’s one feature I’ve never seen before on which the video is silent: the zebra stripes on the slab floor. This video runs about 3 minutes.
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    18. Google Data Centers Use More Power than Salt Lake City

      Google Data Centers Use More Power than Salt Lake City
      Google has broken its silence on energy consumption, announcing that it consumed 2,259,998 MWh in 2010. In a new section on the Google Green site, called “The Big Picture,” Google also said that it generated 1.46 million metric tons of carbon dioxide last year. Average annual carbon footprint per user was about 1.46 kg CO2 [...]
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    19. Level 3 Certifies Three Green Data Centres

      Level 3 Certifies Three Green Data Centres
      One Level 3 data centre in Amsterdam and two in London now get all of their power from renewable sources Level 3 Communications has taken a move toward green technology by certifying that three of its data centres – including two in London – are powered entirely by renewable energy sources. The US-based communications services provider said it has received certifications from energy providers in Holland and the UK affirming that one of its colocation centres in Amsterdam and two in London now receive all commercial electric power from renewable energy sources. Those include wind power, hydroelectric power and solar power, according to Level 3.
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    20. NREL data set shows clouds' effects on solar power

      NREL data set shows clouds' effects on solar power
      The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)has produced and made available a rich data set showing what happens, second-by-second, when clouds pass over a solar power installation. Seventeen measurement stations near Hawaii’s Honolulu International Airport on the island of Oahu collected data at 1-second intervals over the course of a year. The data set is of great interest to utilities, developers of large-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems, forecasters, system operators, laboratories and universities. By understanding the characteristics of cloud shadows that pass across a large PV system, utility officials can devise strategies to better manage those fluctuations so the grid isn’t adversely impacted. The sun reliably beams down on the Earth every day, and just as reliably clouds pass by each day, shading flora and fauna, buildings and mountains, for better or worse.
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    21. Level 3 Buys 100% Renewable Power for Three Data Centers

      Level 3 Buys 100% Renewable Power for Three Data Centers
      Level 3 Communications has taken three colocation facilities 100 percent renewable. The communications services provider has signed up to a 100 percent green energy product with the electricity providers for one colocation center in Amsterdam and two facilities in London. The green power product sources its energy from hydroelectric, wind and solar. This is backed up by the energy producer’s proof of origin and is checked on a regular basis by independent auditors, Level 3 says. NYSE Euronext recently announced it had become the first carbon-neutral global exchange operator with initiatives including the installation of an array of solar panels at its Basildon, England data center. Besides its energy efficiency and conservation efforts, the company also bought Green-e certified renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets.
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    22. The story behind Solyndra’s rise and fall

      The story behind Solyndra’s rise and fall
      If you hadn’t heard of solar startup Solyndra before, get ready to start hearing a lot more about the company. But not because of its great achievements. Solyndra just became a high-profile casualty of the youthful solar industry as Solyndra failed to compete successfully against larger solar rivals in a global market that depends heavily on government subsidies. The solar panel maker, known for its novel technology and for clinching a flagship $535 million federal loan guarantee in 2009 to build a factory, was supposed to become an American success story of greentech innovation and manufacturing. That loan guarantee, which came from the stimulus package, was meant to propel Solyndra from a startup to a full-fledged maker of solar panels and show how the U.S. will become a leader in clean power and green jobs.
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