As organizations like Greenpeace pressure Internet companies to use more energy from renewable sources, data center operators are struggling with the best approach to renewable power. To get some perspective on the issue, we spoke with John Stanley, a researcher at The 451 Group who specializes in “Eco-Efficient IT” and the intersection between data centers and sustainability. “I think data centers need to get away from this idea that they’re going to put enough solar panels on the roof to power the entire data center,” said Stanley. “That’s just not practical… You will always need grid power to supplement what your on-site renewables are generating.” So are renewable energy credits (RECS) a good solution, or an “environmental indulgence?” John provides an overview of how RECs work and the pros and cons for using them to account for energy usage by data center operators. This video runs about 11 minutes.
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