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In Utah, eBay’s data center will run off the grid
Redesign » It will be first tech company to use alternative-energy fuel cells for power.
First Published Jun 21 2012 01:00 pm • Last Updated Jun 23 2012 11:26 pm

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At a glance

The details on eBay’s center

Construction on eBay’s new center in South Jordan should begin soon and be completed by mid-2013, said Dean Nelson, vice president of Global Foundation Services.

Named Quicksilver, the new 15-acre facility will be adjacent to the company’s existing Topaz data center.

The new center will become eBay’s third facility in Utah that it says demonstrates a commitment to greener business.

In April, the company installed a 665 kilowatt solar array on top of its existing center, which meets LEED energy certification standards. It also said its new customer-service center in Draper was planned to meet LEED standards.

The company said it “played a central role” in passage earlier this year by the Utah Legislature of a bill that allows energy consumers to buy and transmit power directly from renewable-energy developers.

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