eBay Installs Solar Panels on Topaz Data Center

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Online auction giant eBay recently expanded its South Jordan, Utah data center by installing 72 thousand square feet of solar panels on the top of the facility.

“The installation will produce 924,013 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean electricity annually, which is equivalent to offsetting 702 tons of greenhouse gas emissions or planting 136 acres of pine forests,” stated the company through its blog.

eBay initially opened its South Jordan data center in mid-2008 for a reported price of $287 million. The move represents the company’s largest project concerning solar power so far.

According to a previous report from Data Center Knowledge, the facility is cooled from a “water-side economizer system” and features a distribution of power accounting for 400 V.

Aside from its Topaz data center in Utah, the company also operates a smaller facility in Denver, Colorado which features similar solar panels previously installed in May of 2010. The company’s Utah data center provides for services contained on eBay.com and PayPal, a subsidiary of the company. For more information regarding the matter, view a blog post here (ebayinkblog.com).

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