Google’s wind-powered data center

By SFGate:

The amount of electricity sucked down by data centers has been one of the tech world’s dirty little non-secrets for years.

Packed with equipment running nonstop, data centers can use more energy than many small towns.  And they’re only as green as the local power grid that feeds them. If the grid relies heavily on coal, so does the power center.

The topic is getting renewed attention this week due to a series in the New York Times, “The Cloud Factories,” that delves into the centers’ power use and pollution.  So it’s worth noting the latest renewable power announcement on Wednesday from Google.

The search industry behemoth reported on its official blog that it has signed an agreement to power its Oklahoma data center with 48 megawatts of electricity from a wind farm due to come online later this year.  The Canadian Hills Wind Project is located about 30 miles west of Oklahoma… Read more

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