BOULDER, CO-IBM says it has opened the greenest data center in North America here as part of Project Big Green, its commitment to spend $1 billion annually to deliver technologies that help customers increase energy efficiency in their data centers. The new 115,000-sf, $100-million facility, built for Hartford Financial Services Group, is part of a $350 million investment by IBM in Boulder.

To build the new data center, IBM retrofitted an existing office building on its Boulder campus. It reused 98% of the original building’s shell, recycled 65% of the materials from the original building, and 25% of newly purchased material came from recycled products.

The facility is being partially powered by alternative energy sources, including more than one million kilowatt hours per year of wind-powered electricity purchased by IBM. The result is a planned reduction of approximately two million pounds of carbon dioxide produced per year compared to a standard data center.

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