Niagara Falls To Power New Yahoo! Data Center

Posted Jul 6, 2009

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Chief Yahoo and Yahoo! co-founder David Filo announced last week that he met with New York Governor David Paterson and Senator Chuck Schumer.  Yahoo! announced plans to build one of the most energy-efficient data centers in the world.  Data centers are the top source of energy consumption at Yahoo! so the announcement is very significant.

The data center will be powered by hydroelectric power from Niagara Falls. About 90% of the energy will be used to power servers.  The industry average is 50%.  The new data center will be based in Lockport, New York.  The company aims to have an annual average power usage effectiveness at 1.1 or better.  The design of the building will be based on the Yahoo! Computing Coop since it looks similar to a chicken coop.

About two years ago, Yahoo! started building their own data centers.  Their facility in Washington is powered by zero-carbon wind and other hydroelectric sources.  Yahoo! is even aiming to reduce carbon intensity of their data centers by at least 40% by 2014.

[via Yodel Anecdotal]