Calif. - December 8, 2008 - NetApp
(NASDAQ: NTAP) today was recognized for its continued environmental
stewardship to improve its energy efficiency, conserve resources,
and reduce waste.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
presented NetApp with a rebate of $1,427,477 under PG&E's
Non-Residential New Construction Program, which encourages
PG&E's commercial, industrial, high-technology, and
agricultural customers to implement energy-efficient building and
process design and construction. NetApp's rebate is the largest new
construction incentive PG&E has ever awarded. NetApp received
the rebate for the design of its new Sunnyvale engineering data
center and the measures it implemented to more efficiently provide
power and decrease the energy needed for cooling. Upgrades included
environmentally friendly flywheel uninterruptible power supply
(UPS) systems, energy-efficient transformers, outside air
economizers, and a variable primary chiller plant.
As a result of NetApp's energy efficiency
improvements, its data center is projected to operate at power
usage effectiveness (PUE) of less than 1.3, which is considered a
best-in-class metric for data center energy efficiency. In
addition, PG&E estimates that NetApp will save more than
11,100,000 kilowatt-hours each year, which represents a savings of
more than $1,178,000 and a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by
3,391 tons annually.
"We commend NetApp for making energy
efficiency a priority and committing to reducing power consumption
in their facilities," said Mark Bramfitt, principal program manager
of Customer Energy Management for PG&E. "NetApp is an example
of how our customers can partner with PG&E to implement a
strategy to reduce their demand for energy and realize significant
cost savings for their business."
NetApp Headquarters Certified a Green
Also in today's news, NetApp was awarded Green Business
certification as part of the Green Business Program in the County
of Santa Clara, California. The program, which was developed in
partnership with local governments and businesses and environmental
and waste management agencies, is voluntary. It recognizes
businesses that commit to going beyond compliance with
environmental regulations and to implementing measures in support
of energy conservation, pollution prevention, solid-waste
reduction, recycling, and conservation of water and resources.
NetApp was recognized for its companywide
programs that dramatically reduce the amount of local landfill
waste and impact on the environment. Every year, NetApp diverts and
recycles millions of pounds of waste materials that would otherwise
be sent to a landfill. Reuse is a constant theme at NetApp.
Employees use reusable food and beverage containers to help reduce
waste. Additionally, the company mulches grass and composts organic
materials. NetApp also holds recycling events for employees' home
e-waste, such as old cell phones, televisions, and computers.
"From our data center design to our efforts
to reduce facilities waste, we are implementing strategies to
create greater efficiencies across numerous areas of our business,"
said Laura Pickering, vice president, Office of the CEO, and
NetApp's environmental responsibility advocate. "We are extremely
thankful that PG&E and the Green Business Program acknowledged
our efforts. Not only are we committed to improving our energy
efficiency and waste reduction programs, but also to sharing our
best practices with customers to help them achieve success and
understand how these initiatives can impact their businesses."
Through the efforts of a cross-organizational
team, NetApp has successfully optimized its energy efficiencies. To
date, NetApp has achieved the energy efficiency that the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends for 2011
state-of-the-art data centers and expects its new data centers to
match the EPA's 2011 maximum achievable scenario. As a result of
its efforts, NetApp has significantly reduced its impact on the
environment and reaped millions of dollars in savings.
For more information on NetApp's
environmental stewardship, visit Our Green
Story, where you will find details about NetApp's environmental
certifications and its approach to addressing power consumption. To
learn more about NetApp's commitment to reducing its impact on the
environment and helping customers increase their power and storage
efficiency, listen to the podcast "Defining a Model to Reduce Carbon Footprint,"
with Laura Pickering, Office of the CEO, and NetApp's environmental
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About the Green Business
The Green Business Program is a free, voluntary program that
encourages businesses to go beyond compliance with environmental
laws and regulations to implement sustainable practices in business
operations, thus improving the environment and the economy of Santa
Clara County. The Green Business certification process addresses
surface water quality, stormwater protection, pollution prevention,
and community education. To achieve certification, businesses must
meet environmental compliance requirements and, in addition, must
implement measures that go beyond regulatory requirements.
Assessments and conservation measures are tailored to fit each
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