Dakota Electric Association recently presented DataBank with a rebate check for $108,566 for installing high-efficiency air conditioning, a computer room cooling system, building automation and LED lighting in its new Eagan facility. One of the energy-efficient systems installed uses cool Minnesota air when it can to reduce temperatures in the room holding the computer servers.
“This energy-efficient technology will save DataBank about $40,000 per year over traditional systems,” Tim Doherty, business account executive for Dakota Electric, said. “Overall, we have determined that all the efficient technologies used by DataBank will save the company at least $90,000 per year on its electric bill.”
“We thank Dakota Electric for the energy-efficiency rebate,” said Kris Edinger, general manager, Minneapolis, for DataBank. “Dakota Electric has helped us build an energy-efficient facility that will save us and our customers money for many years.”
DataBank’s 88,000-square-foot data center is known as a “colocation facility” and multi-tenant “Carrier Hotel.” It provides an entry-point for multiple telecommunications providers and carriers to connect from other cities, while providing the redundancy and reliability required by DataBank for its clients. DataBank offers a suite of managed data center services for customers, with additional operations in Dallas, Minneapolis and Kansas City.
Commercial and industrial users can save electricity and money by making smart choices on the equipment they purchase. By encouraging businesses to save energy by offering rebates and grants, Dakota Electric helps reduce wholesale power costs and demand charges, which keep energy costs lower.
“As a member-owned cooperative, Dakota Electric is pleased to be able to help our members save electricity and money,” Doherty said. “We are always seeking ways to help our members reduce their electric use.”
DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center solutions aimed at providing customers with 100 percent uptime availability of data, applications and deployed infrastructure. They offer a full suite of hosting solutions including colocation, managed services and cloud solutions that are anchored in world-class secure data center facilities with best of breed infrastructure and highly robust network architecture. DataBank is headquartered in the historic former Federal Reserve Bank Building in downtown Dallas, Texas, and has additional data centers in Dallas, Minneapolis and Kansas City.