Sun Finishes Latest Energy-Efficient Data Center

by | Jan 27, 2009

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sun broomfield locationThis week Sun Microsystems unveiled its new energy-efficient data center. Located in Broomfield, Colorado, the power and cooling technologies at this data center will help the company save over $1 million in electricity costs and about 11,000 tons in CO2 emissions every year – or enough energy to power about 1,000 homes every month.

Sun Microsystems has recently completely energy-efficient projects in the UK, India, and Santa Clara, CA. The new Broomfield design builds upon the Santa Clara project, which uses a water-saving system, chemical reduction plans, efficient air cooling, and energy-efficient servers. By upgrading computer hardware to be more efficient, the company has been able to reduce space and energy needs by 66 percent.

“As a company, we’ve achieved our first 20 percent reduction in electricity usage since 2002, and the Broomfield data center is a great step forward in meeting our goal of another 20 percent reduction,” said Dave Douglas, Sun Microsoft’s chief sustainability officer.

Earlier this year, wrote about benchmarking data center energy costs; the EPA estimated that energy efficiency could save data centers billions of dollars. Google, Emerson, and other companies – with the help of consultants like EMC – have been taking the environment into account over the last few years due to this potential for savings.

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