Brocade receives $2.1 million cash incentive for green data center

July 13, 2011
In addition, Brocade's San Jose headquarters has been awarded the USGBC's LEED Gold certification.

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) announced third-party validation of the company's long-standing commitment to operate the business based on a specific set of environmental values and sustainable "green" practices.

Specifically, Brocade reports that it has received the largest data center energy efficiency incentive in Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) history with an incentive of $2,100,000 under PG&E's Non-Residential New Construction Program. In addition, the Brocade San Jose headquarters has been awarded LEED Commercial Interiors Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Based on its energy-efficient design and operations, Brocade says its data center is operating at a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.2, which is considered a best-in-class metric for data center energy efficiency. PG&E estimates that Brocade will save more than 14 million kilowatt-hours each year, which represents a savings of more than $1.5 million and a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 5,700 tons annually. For details on the headquarters design and energy savings see Brocade campus fact sheet.

"PG&E is pleased to have partnered with Brocade to set a new standard for campus and data center energy efficiency," said Steve Malnight, vice president of customer energy solutions for PG&E. "Our energy-efficiency incentive programs help customers like Brocade access the resources they need to reduce energy demand and realize significant cost savings."

The Brocade San Jose Headquarters has also been awarded LEED Commercial Interiors Gold certification as established by the USGBC and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Brocade achieved this level of LEED certification for selection of sustainable site, energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as for the incorporation of a variety of other sustainable strategies.

The campus features a 550 kW photo voltaic array system, 40 percent reduction in water usage, a state-of-the-art chilled water plant design, sustainable landscaping design and practices and more. LEED is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

"Our headquarters project is just one example of how we apply cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions to our business operations and our products," commented Michael Hirahara, vice president of global real estate, facilities and services for Brocade. "Looking forward, we are also evaluating alternative energy solutions like wind and fuel cells as we strive to be good stewards of our communities, the environment and our shareholders' investment, now and into the future."


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