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July 14, 2009 @ 12:06 am
GreenBldgBlog.com is 130% Wind Powered

You may have noticed the Host Gator advertising banners on the site. I’m proud to display them because they’ve focused on reducing their environmental impact and I’m one of their many satisfied customers. The environmental efforts began with green renovations and more efficient servers and now all of their servers are 130% wind powered! Yes, you read that correctly. Host Gator has actually purchased renewable energy wind credits representing 130% of the electricity used to both power and cool every single one of their servers. The wind credits are generated in their home state of Texas and according to their website, the environmental benefit is equivalent to 1) Removing 444 cars from the road for a year, or 2) Powering 321 homes with clean energy for a year, or 3) Saving 5,654 barrels of oil, or 4) Protecting 551 acres of forest for a year.

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Data centers are an incredibly energy intensive business and a significant contributor to the world’s carbon emissions.
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In fact, an average server produces the same emissions as a 15 mpg SUV. Servers themselves require a significant amount of electricity to operate but this problem is greatly exacerbated because the server rooms/farms need to be cooled by industrial strength AC/Chiller systems that also drain massive amounts of electricity. One of the best, most effective ways to “green” a data center is to make the cooling systems more efficient. However, buying new equipment can be prohibitively expensive and the efficiency gains are often minimal. A better, cheaper and more immediate solution is to install a liquid catalyst that makes existing cooling equipment more efficient and lasts for the life of the equipment. Let me leave you with two more stats I read in a CNN article about the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the internet: First, Bill St. Arnaud of Canarie, a Canada-based internet development organization, said “Some studies estimate the internet will be producing 20% of the world’s greenhouse gases in a decade…That is clearly unsustainable.” And, as if we needed another reason to abhor spam email, the article stated, “Anti-virus software firm McAfee reports that the electricity needed just to transmit the trillions of spam emails sent annually equals the amount required to power over two million homes in the United States while producing the same level of greenhouse gas emissions as more than three million cars.” Bookmark and Share

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