Build a Green Data Center -- Get a $1.4 Million Check

Build a Green Data Center -- Get a $1.4 Million Check

How's this for an immediate return on investment: Build a greener data center, and get a $1.4 million rebate from your electric company. That's what happened with NetApp.

NetApp was awarded the $1.4 million rebate from California's Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), whose Non-Residential New Construction Program gives rebates to PG&E's customers to use energy-efficient building design and construction.

NetApp received the check for the work it did when designing and building its new Sunnyvale engineering data center. NetApp stressed power efficiency and reduced cooling needs through techniques such as environmentally friendly flywheel uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, energy-efficient transformers, outside air economizers, and a variable primary chiller plant.

Not only will NetApp get the check, but it will also have much lower electric bills. PG&E says NetApp will save more than 11,100,000 kilowatt-hours annually. That adds up to a savings of more than $1,178,000 a year, as well as and a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 3,391 tons annually.

For more details, check out this press release.