Through the first half of 2012, nine data center facilities have earned the Energy Star label from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the calendar year. The EPA lists buildings and plants that have earned the Energy Star - including data center facilities - on its website. The site also lists complete profiles of some of these facilities, and photos of some as well. The list is updated daily.
The EPA says the nine facilities represent a total of 984,015 square feet.
The nine data centers that have earned the Energy Star for 2012 are:
- American Express Information Processing Center; Phoenix, AZ
- JP Morgan Chase Elk Grove RDC; Elk Grove, IL
- Equinix SV3; San Jose, CA
- U.S. Department of Energy's Fermilab Grid Computing Center; Batavia, IL
- Lockheed Martin EBS Denver Data Center; Denver, CO
- Online Technologies; Flint, MI
- Target TTC; Brooklyn Park, MN
- Target TTCE; Elk River, MN
- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Little Rock, AR
In order to achieve Energy Star status, a data center facility has to be in the top 25 percent of its peers in energy efficiency, according to the EPA's energy performance scale.