Feeds

Google spaffs $80m on Sun-powered kit: Calm down, Oracle. It's SOLAR

Something's gotta juice all those servers, and it won't be fossil fuels forever

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Google will invest $80m in solar-powered plants as it keeps in mind exactly what may end up powering its data centers in future.

The ad giant and investment firm KKR will work together to bankroll the construction of six new solar farms in the American Southwest. The facilities are slated to be built in the desert regions of Arizona and Southern California. The plants are set to go online in the early months of 2014.

According to Google, the completed facilities will, at their peak, generate some 106MW of electricity, enough to power 16,000 homes.

"These investments are all part of our drive toward a clean energy future — where renewable energy is abundant, accessible and affordable," wrote Google head of corporate finance Kojo Ako-Asare.

"By continuing to invest in renewable energy projects, purchasing clean energy for our operations and working with our utility partners to create new options for ourselves and for other companies interest in buying renewable energy, we’re working hard to make that future a reality."

The investment will expand upon a renewable energy effort that Google says has included more than $1bn worth of investments. The company has been investing heavily in areas such as solar, wind and hydroelectric power.

Earlier this year, the company said that it was working with US utility provider Duke Electricity on a $600m data center expansion plan that will include incentives for firms that tap into alternative energy sources.

Google is not alone in its push for green technology headlines. Fellow web provider and data center power hog Facebook has unveiled plans to build a facility in Iowa that will rely entirely on wind power. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'
Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network
Cutting cancer rates: Data, models and a happy ending?
How surgery might be making cancer prognoses worse
Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years
Did the earth move for you at VMworld – oh, OK. It just did. A lot
VMware's high-wire balancing act: EVO might drag us ALL down
Get it right, EMC, or there'll be STORAGE CIVIL WAR. Mark my words
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Scale data protection with your virtual environment
To scale at the rate of virtualization growth, data protection solutions need to adopt new capabilities and simplify current features.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?