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Digital Realty Transitions Oakland Data Center to 100% Renewable Energy and Earns Green Building LEED Certifications

Aaron Binkley, Sr. Director, Sustainability
November 29, 2018

Making the shift towards a sustainable strategy is a continuous process that doesn’t happen overnight. Our approach has been to consistently implement greener practices, one data center, one city at a time. Recently, we have made several steps forward in Oakland by increasing our renewable energy usage and in Santa Clara and Ashburn by earning LEED sustainable green building certifications.


In an agreement with East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), we transitioned our Oakland data center to a 100% renewable energy supply with new carbon-free energy options. By doing so, we will save the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to approximately 7,560,000 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle, CO2 emissions from approximately 1,690 tons of coal burned, or carbon sequestered by approximately 80,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

In one year, we nearly doubled our renewable energy footprint in Northern California. That means that 90% of the power used in the facilities in the region can now be classified as clean, renewable energy. And that ultimately translates to a huge win for our customers who can power their businesses sustainably in Oakland.

Santa Clara & Ashburn

In Santa Clara, California and Ashburn, Virginia, we earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications in two of our new building projects:

  • 2220 de la Cruz Blvd., Phase 3, Santa Clara
  • 44274 Roundtable Plaza, Phase 1 Ashburn

LEED is a globally recognized rating system for sustainable buildings indicating that the developer and operator of that building is committed to reducing environmental impacts and enhancing occupant well-being. LEED certifications ensure electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions and healthier environments throughout a building’s lifecycle.

We’ll never stop innovating and are committed to providing sustainable options for powering your business.

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