Renewable Energy For Data Centers

May 9, 2012 1 Comment »

Activists from Greenpeace India have urged Apple to use renewable energy for its data centers all over the world. Apple is using fossil fuels including coal to fuel its data centers and according to Greenpeace, this is not good for the eco-system at large. In fact, the environmental watchdog has asked customers to get Apple to convert to a cleaner cloud. Countries like USA, Germany, China Austria, Brazil and South Africa are also getting in on the act and protests are being staged at various Apple stores.

In India, there is a huge billboard that has gone up in front of the head office of the company. The billboard has its message of “Clean our Cloud” being conveyed to the top management of Apple. Greenpeace has also got signed petitions from Apple customers and given the same to the officials of the company. Across the world, more than 200,000 people have signed on for the campaign to get Apple to switch to cleaner energy.

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About Rakesh Dogra

Rakesh is a member of writing team at Data Center Journal. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and CoC in Marine Engineering from Maritime and CoastGuard Agency, UK. His Post Graduation in Computing is from Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumbria Universities, UK. Has years of experience in sailing as Marine Engineer in deep ocean going vessels. Currently owns and operates an outsourcing consultancy as well.

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  1. Tom McKeown May 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm -

    Renewable energy in data centers just makes good business sense. Heating and cooling are most likely the highest operation costs. If renewables save money why wouldn’t you do it?

    A recent ZDNet article looked at an Albany, NY company that is generating 75 percent of the electricity it needs to run its 1.5 MW data center using solar panels it installed on the roof of the data center building. Apple recently announced that solar panels will account for 60 percent of the Maiden, North Carolina data center’s power requirements and the new data center under construction in Prineville, Oregon will run on 100 percent renewable sources when it’s done.

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