Today, Data Center Knowledge presented an interesting article, “Is Solar Power for Data Centers a Bad Idea?”, which brings into question the true environmental and economic impact of various solar arrays present at some of the large-scale data center installations popping up throughout the country.
Facebook has a solar array assisting the power supply to its Prineville, Oregon data center, although, according to the article, it only supplies power to the offices, not the servers inside the actual data center. Additionally, questions are being raised with regards to Apple’s New 20 MW solar farm currently under construction in Maiden, North Carolina. See video of the construction here.
Environmentalists, industry professionals, and everyone in between has an opinion. Are these steps in the right direction, or are they merely a marketing strategy? Is it a situation where, in order to make an omelette you must first crack a few eggs? Is something better than nothing, or should something simply be something else? We don’t have the answers, nor can we predict the future, but perhaps it is a discussion worth having.
Let the discussion begin…