We are proud to be a leading provider of secure, reliable, and efficient data centers-efficient for our customers, for CoreSite, and for the environment. As an energy-intensive business, we believe that efficiency begins with a facility design that features state of the art systems that help us reduce our environmental impact. We installed fuel cells at one of our data centers in 2018 and are committed to continue this commitment into the future.
We follow a proactive maintenance and upgrade strategy to preserve and further improve the efficiency of our existing infrastructure.
Examples in 2018 included:
We recognize the crucial role renewable and alternative energy will play in balancing the immense energy needs of the data center industry, as well as our customers' interest in carbon-neutral data storage. Our NY2 data center utilizes 100% renewable energy as a result of our procurement of 100% wind-sourced Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), which cover all of the site’s usage, approximately 37,000 MWh in 2018. We’ve installed a 1.5 MW fuel cell at our SV2 site.
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We primarily use water for the cooling of our data centers. Therefore, to save energy related to cooling, we must occasionally increase water usage. We are continuously working to balance our energy and water usage and particularly work to reduce our use of potable water.
As part of our commitment to minimize our freshwater footprint, we frequently utilize rainwater to cool our data centers when possible. For example, a recycled water cistern at our VA2 site installed in 2017 saved 1.2 million gallons of water in 2018. CoreSite maintains an additional cistern at our VA2 data center, which holds 80,000 gallons. These projects not only reduce our freshwater consumption but also increase our operational resilience.