How serious is eBay about using renewables to make their data centers more eco-friendly?
According to an April 10 story in the eBay News Room, there’s “a lot of green goodness” going on lately, including the company’s largest solar installation to date. It’s a 665 kilowatt (kW) solar power system featuring 72,000 square feet of solar panels, covering virtually every foot of roof space on top of the Topaz data center located in South Jordan, Utah. Given the Utah sun, this is prime real estate for a solar installation.
- The Topaz rooftop features 2,375 solar panels
- The installation will produce 924,013 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean electricity annually – this is equivalent to offsetting 702 tons of greenhouse gas emissions or planting 136 acres of trees
- The Topaz solar array, combined with renewable installations in California and Colorado, brings eBay’s total renewable energy capacity to almost 2 megawatts – about 11 percent of eBay’s total U.S. data center electricity demand
- The investment is projected to pay for itself within four years, says eBay, thanks to lower electricity bills, tax incentives, and Federal stimulus dollars
eBay recognizes there’s always more to do. Example? The renewable energy project at Topaz will generate less than 10% of the total load of that data center. Recognizing the limitations this represents, eBay says it is committed to continue to do “what we can, where we can, to source greener, cleaner energy.”
“Along the way,” the company says, “we hope our efforts—the successes and the challenges—will help other companies and organizations see their role in achieving a sustainable, clean energy future in a new and, hopefully, optimistic light.”
As the march towards a greener data center industry continues, some very cool things are happening in some very hot places.