Solar Power in Data Centers: No Longer A Novelty?

Solar power hasn’t been widely used in data centers because it takes a very large installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels to produce even a fraction of the energy required by most data centers. But the month of April has seen the debut of four new data centers featuring on-site solar generation. In each case, the power from the solar array is being used either for office space or to make a modest reduction in the amount of power required from local utilities.

This is pretty exciting to see companies taking an interest in solar other then power companies. This is the start that is needed to make solar power more affordable. Economy of scale will drive the prices down at the same time the technology is improving.

Read more here: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2011/04/29/solar-in-data-centers-no-longer-a-novelty/

Solar power hasn’t been widely used in data centers because it takes a very large installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels to produce even a fraction of the energy required by most data centers. But the month of April has seen the debut of four new data centers featuring on-site solar generation. In each case, the power from the solar array is being used either for office space or to make a modest reduction in the amount of power required from local utilities.

This is pretty exciting to see companies taking an interest in solar other then power companies. This is the start that is needed to make solar power more affordable. Economy of scale will drive the prices down at the same time the technology is improving.

Read more here: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2011/04/29/solar-in-data-centers-no-longer-a-novelty/