The data center is Platinum LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, one of only a handful of centers to achieve the rating. Some of the others include a Citigroup Frankfurt facility, two Digital Realty Trust data centers in Sacramento, Calif. and Other World Computing in Woodstock, Illinois, which runs completely on wind power.
The project is 34 percent more energy efficient than a typical code-compliant building, according to GE. The building is equipped with high-efficiency cooling systems, high-density servers to increase computer power per square foot to cut the size of the data center floor in half compared to its previous size.
There are also water savings from ultra low-flow fixtures and, while there is not renewable generation onsite for the data center, GE is purchasing offsets for 35 percent of the estimated energy consumption.
“As GE invests in the business and creates more manufacturing jobs in the U.S., our new high-efficiency data center will help us manage energy costs so we can compete in a global marketplace,” Alan Kocsi, chief information officer, GE Appliances & Lighting, said in a statement. “GE’s new data center will also provide the high-density computing necessary to support global business growth and significant manufacturing-revitalization efforts that will provide customers with innovative technologies, high-quality products, and better customer service.”