Facebook says one of those five wind farms now under construction in Iowa will allow it to match all its Altoona data center energy usage with renewables.
Companies like GM are slowly realizing the high cost of this data center power consumption, however, and working to make them more efficient.
A new Apple data center in Reno will be partly powered by a big solar farm that will use low-concentration PV technology and a unique financing arrangement.
Sears Holdings’ new Ubiquity division wants to adapt its closed Sears and Kmart retail stories into cost-effective data centers, disaster recovery depots or cell-tower locations.
Taking advantage of existing hydropower, Facebook opens a data center in Luleå, Sweden, that the company says run 100 percent on renewable energy.
Stockholm’s built-in underground pipe system made seawater cooling a no-brainer for this data center.
After Facebook chose Iowa for its new data center, some Nebraskans are asking why the state is lagging so badly in developing its vast wind resource.
“An abundance of wind-generated power” is chief of among the reasons Facebook will build a new data center in Iowa, the company said.
The National Renewable Energy Lab is hoping to save $1 million in data-center energy costs by using a warm-water method to dissipate heat from petascale servers.
Google will apparently get the clean energy it wants for an expanded North Carolina data center, as Duke Energy goes along with adding new renewable sources.