NetApp Gets $1.4M Energy Rebate
Storage and data management solutions developer NetApp (www.netapp.com) announced on Monday that it had been granted a rebate of $1,427,477 for its efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste in its operations.
The rebate was given through a program operated by California power company Pacific Gas & Electric. The Non-Residential New Construction Program, according to the NetApp announcement, encourages the utility’s customers to design energy efficient processes and facilities.
PG&E’s efforts to encourage efficiency, particularly in the technology space are well documented. In July of this year, the company reported that it had added storage virtualization and thin provisioning to the list of technologies that qualified for its rebate program.
NetApp says its rebate was the largest ever awarded by the program, and was awarded for the design of the company’s new Sunnyvale engineering data center. The new facility’s design included efficient flywheel UPS systems, energy efficient transformers, outside air economizers and a variable primary chiller plant.
According to the Power Usage Effectiveness rating espoused by The Green Grid (www.thegreengrid.com), NetApp says its new facility rates a 1.3, which is considered to be the best achievable rating.
In addition to the rebate, the company estimates that its efficiency efforts will save it 11,100,00 kilowatt-hours each year, which translate to a savings of $1,178,000, and the elimination of 3,391 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Along with the news of the rebate, NetApp said it had been awarded certification as a “green” business as part of Santa Clara, California’s Green Business Program. The voluntary program was reportedly developed with local government and waste management agencies, and recognizes businesses that exceed compliance with environmental regulations and commit to energy conservation, pollution prevention and waste reduction measures.
NetApp says it was recognized for its company-wide recycling, reuse and composting program.
“From our data center design to our efforts to reduce facilities waste, we are implementing strategies to create greater efficiencies across numerous areas of our business,” said Laura Pickering, vice president, office of the CEO, and NetApp’s environmental responsibility advocate, quoted in the press release. “We are extremely thankful that PG&E and the Green Business Program acknowledged our efforts. Not only are we committed to improving our energy efficiency and waste reduction programs, but also to sharing our best practices with customers to help them achieve success and understand how these initiatives can impact their businesses.”
NetApp’s website includes the section “our green story,” in which it describes its environmental efforts in detail, and links to a PDF of the company’s eight-point strategy for reducing power consumption.
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