28 Apr '11, 8pm

“Cleanest” and Dirtiest Internet Data Centers (Yahoo & Google Rock! Apple & Facebook.. not so much)

“Cleanest” and Dirtiest Internet Data Centers (Yahoo & Google Rock! Apple & Facebook.. not so much)

The $1 Billion (USD) Apple iData Center in North Carolina, expected to open this spring, will consume as much as 100 MW of electricity, equivalent to the electricity usage of approximately 80,000 homes in the U.S. or over a quarter million in the E.U.. The surrounding energy grid has less than 5 percent clean energy, with the remaining 95 percent coming from dirty, dangerous sources like coal and nuclear. Both Yahoo! and Google seem to understand the importance of a renewable energy supply, with Yahoo! siting most of its data centres near sources of renewable energy, and Google is directly signing power purchasing agreements for renewable energy and investing in solar and wind energy projects in many US states as well as Germany. Their models should be employed and improved upon by other Internet (“cloud computing”) companies. Facebook, one of the fastest growing and most ...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/04/28/cleanest-and-dirtiest...

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