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Amazon Wind Farm to Help Power Iron Mountain’s Underground Data Centers

Iron Mountain, the company best known for its document storage and data center facilities in underground caverns, has become the fifth major US data center provider to make a big direct investment in renewable energy to power its operations. The company has agreed to buy 10 percent of energy that will be generated by the enormous Amazon wind farm that’s currently under construction in Texas.

As the deal illustrates, big energy users, such as data center operators, can benefit from both energy cost savings that are now possible when making utility-scale power purchase agreements and from helping their customers meet their corporate sustainability goals. Iron Mountain said it expects the deal to help it save $1.5 million in costs and that its renewable energy efforts to date are helping it open new doors with customers.

“We’ve discovered that it’s also helping us to open meaningful dialogue and collaboration opportunity with our customers who are seeking to understand and mitigate their own environmental impact,” Ty Ondatje, senior VP of corporate responsibility and chief diversity officer at Iron Mountain, said in a statement.

Representatives from multiple major data center providers have said that big collocation customers are increasingly interested in data center services powered by renewable energy. A recent survey of collocation customers by Data Center Knowledge confirmed that renewable energy is playing a growing role in companies’ decision making when it comes to selecting data center providers.

Source: Iron Mountain

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Tesla and Panasonic are working on a new solar project

Tesla is teaming up with Panasonic to build solar cells and modules at a SolarCity factory in New York.

The electric automaker, which is already working with Panasonic to produce car batteries, wants to start production of photovoltaic components at the SolarCity factory in Buffalo as soon as next year.

Tesla announced the new partnership in a blog post late Sunday. Panasonic confirmed it signed a basic non-binding agreement with Tesla, but did not comment further.


The plan hinges on Tesla finalizing its purchase of the solar panel seller SolarCity in November.

The two companies have been heading towards a merger since Tesla announced its plans to buy SolarCity in August. Shareholders in the two companies will vote on the acquisition next month.

Some analysts are not happy with the deal, pointing to the speed at which SolarCity has been burning through its cash reserves in recent months.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk owns more than 20% of SolarCity and is the company's chairman. Musk's cousin Lyndon Rive is the chief executive of SolarCity.

Tesla plans to use the cells and modules produced in Buffalo with its energy storage products Powerwall and Powerpack.

"By working together on solar, we will be able to accelerate production of high-efficiency, extremely reliable solar cells and modules at the best cost," said J.B. Straubel, Tesla's chief technical officer and co-founder.

A combined Tesla and SolarCity event scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28, could shed more light on Musk's plans.

Source: CNNMoney

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GBCI Announces New Technology Organization: arc

Today, during the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) International Summit held at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) announced a new technology organization called arc.

Officially launching later in 2016, arc will further the performance of the green building industry and the built environment as a whole.

Scot Horst, USGBC's chief product officer, has been named arc's incoming CEO. He will transition from his role with USGBC and LEED at the end of 2016.

"As the leaders of the green building movement over the last two decades, USGBC and GBCI have gathered more green building data and its related business intelligence than any other organization in the world," said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "Through this data we have begun to measure, monitor and score building performance in real time. We developed arc as a way to provide new and more transparent ways to share this information."

"Scot's leadership of this new venture is a testament to his expertise and vision. He's led LEED's continued evolution through LEED 2009 and v4, its globalization and its shift from a design tool to a performance metric. We welcome him to his new role," continued Fedrizzi.

Arc is a state of the art platform that will allow any building to participate and immediately start measuring performance, make improvements and benchmark against itself. The goal of arc is to support the missions of USGBC and GBCI.

LEED certified buildings can use arc to improve and benchmark against other certified buildings around them. Buildings that have not certified yet will be able to use arc to make incremental sustainability improvements and eventually achieve LEED certification.

The arc platform is a complement to LEED and other green building rating systems, standards, protocols and guidelines and allows buildings and spaces to connect to the built environment in a new way by comparing performance metrics and connecting them to green building strategies. Arc eliminates complexities and barriers to behavioral change.

Arc was developed by GBCI, which is the only certification and credentialing body within the green business and sustainability industry to exclusively administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates for various rating systems. Arc is an open platform built to integrate the current and future standards, guidelines, protocols and systems that enable a higher quality of life.

Source: http://www.investorideas.com/news

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The Impact of Green Buildings on Cognitive Function

NEW STUDY: BETTER THINKING, BETTER HEALTH IN GREEN-CERTIFIED BUILDINGS

Benefits may extend beyond workday to include improved sleep quality

Considering all the time we spend at work, have you ever wondered if the building you are working in is healthy? Or, could make you think better, or be more productive?

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REGISTER for 2016 Greenbuild International Conference in LA

Registration is open for the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Oct. 5-7.

Join industry leaders, experts and green building professionals dedicated to sustainable building to share ideals, network, take in inspiring speakers and attend curated education sessions. Register today at http://ow.ly/QbXa300Tz2Y

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