SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The data center industry has emerged as a leading player in the market for renewable energy, as cloud computing platforms shift to solar and wind power their servers. In 2016, data center providers signed contracts for more than 1.2 gigawatts of renewable power, marking a dramatic turnaround from earlier headlines critiquing the industry’s dependence upon “dirty coal.”
“We’ve been incredibly good at improving as an industry,” said KC Mares of Megwatt Consulting, a leading advocate for sustainable computing. “We have become part of the solution. We’ve made our economy more energy efficient.”
Mares and other thought leaders outlined the industry’s progress last week at the Green Data Center Conference in San Diego, noting that renewables are becoming cheaper and easier to acquire.
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