Large data centers with 100% renewable energy
tuesday 20 december 2016 at 21h55
Google. Facebook. Amazon. What do these companies have in common? They are some of the most admired and profitable companies in the world, they are massive energy users, and they all have commitments to 100 percent renewable energy.
(Excerpts from Daily Newsletter, Greentech Media Research (greentechmedia.com), December 20, 2016)
Increasingly, these companies are subverting the utility mix to access power from off-site solar farms via green tariffs. Amazon recently signed a 120-megawatt deal in Virginia. Facebook’s new data center in New Mexico will be served by three new solar farms. Google announced it will hit 100 percent in 2017.
This trend has major consequences for the industry, in terms of new sources of demand, and for regulatory structures, which are increasingly being reconfigured to accommodate energy choice.
After all, what’s good for the Google is good for the gander -- why shouldn’t everyone be able to access 100 percent renewables?
This is excellent news for Green IT. But there is still a lot of work to do for example on the increasing energy use in the communication networks and the company embedded data centers as well as all the office areas. The ICT community could also provide a much more aggressive support of the businesses with sustainable and energy saving ICT solutions.