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Emerson Data Center Has Solar, is 31% More Efficient

Emerson’s new $50 million data center is 31 percent more efficient than other similar versions, thanks to precision cooling and efficiency measures.

The data center, in St. Louis, also has a 7,800-square-foot rooftop solar array. With more than 550 solar panels, it can generate 100 kilowatts of energy and is the largest in Missouri, according to a press release.

A key part of the center’s efficiency is the fact it will be utilized to its maximum ability. Emerson, which has operations across more than 200 manufacturing locations around the world, estimates the facility will have 99.982 percent uptime.

When building the 35,000 square foot data center, about 80 percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfills through recycling.

Furthermore, aspects of the design allowed the company to save more than 2.5 miles of copper piping, compared to similar facilities.

Emerson, which generates about $25 billion in revenue annually and is No. 94 on the Fortune 500 list, is applying for LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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