VIESTE Energy, LLC, a renewable energy development and operations firm focused on base load energy production, recently hired Environmental Systems Design, Inc. (ESD), a global consulting-engineering firm that focuses on the delivery of high-performance buildings, to perform design services on a national portfolio of data centers that will be run on 100% renewable energy.

Artist's rendering of prototype VIESTE facility (courtesy of ESD)

These data center facilities will be supported by the co-development of 8MW to 15MW of power generated from gasification based waste-to-energy facilities. Power is produced from a turbine generator that feeds the facility. This system also produces chilled water for use in the data centers. This portfolio of renewable energy power generation facilities coupled with environmentally friendly solid waste management creates a very low PUE and a negative carbon footprint — one of the first undertakings of its kind in the United States, according to the companies. The first phase of this portfolio is funded, and development is under way.