In the spring of 2010 eBay opened Topaz, the first wholly-owned data center in South Jordan, Utah (which was awarded LEED® Gold status by the US Green Building Council). Since then eBay has continued to invest in Utah and worked to demonstrate commitment to make their operations even more efficient and sustainable, with this latest rooftop solar power system.
Here are the details. The 665 kilowatt (kW) solar power system designed and installed by SPG Solar, features 72,000 square feet of solar panels, covering virtually every inch of roof space on the data center to capture the abundant sunshine Utah enjoys nearly year-round. 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. In addition to the environmental benefits, it as a pretty good business investment, too—through a combination of lower electricity bills, Federal stimulus dollars andtax incentives, eBay anticipates the installation will pay for itself in just four years.
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