by Steven May, President and CEO, Solar Data Centers
As the Internet increasingly becomes the foundation of our global economy, our use of traditional energy sources to power servers, web sites and databases increases exponentially.
The power used to run our Internet technology has become a tremendous drain on the nation's power grids. According to Jeff Munroe, vice president of design and construction for AboveNet, a California web hosting company, Internet hosting sites rank between the 95th to the 98th percentile of power usage during peak Internet traffic periods.
In an effort to provide companies with a green technology alternative, veteran renewable energy executive Steve May founded Solar Data Centers, Inc. (SDC). May and his company are focused on providing customers with leading edge web-based technology, combined with a total commitment to environmental sustainability and responsibility.
"Unlike some communications and technology providers, we believe that companies have a responsibility to do their part to help the environment," said May, "By using solar power, we reduce the spread of harmful contaminants that lead to global warming and irreversible pollution. Every customer that uses SDC's services is taking an active role to support solar power and help environmental change by moving towards a green future."
Solar Data Centers is the first company in the world to employ solar energy to run every aspect of an organization's Internet operations. SDC utilizes 100% solar energy to power its servers, offering a broad range of technology services such as Web hosting, system administration, site design, network security, programming and database management.
SDC derives its power from solar panels installed throughout the southern United States. Using Green Certificates -- vouchers or "tags" that organizations purchase to ensure that renewable energy enters the general power grid -- each dollar spent with SDC is guaranteed to support renewable energy sources.
Over the next two years, SDC plans to build the world's first entirely solar-powered Internet hosting facility, based in the United States with a mirror site in Eastern Europe. SDC will also continue to promote and support the use of Green Certificates in areas where potential solar energy is not being utilized.
"I founded Solar Data Centers with a passionate commitment to promoting positive environmental change," said Steve May. "We've created a business that supports renewable energy and utilizes untapped solar resources. We're empowering individuals and organizations while protecting the environment at the same time."
For more information, call 1-800-830-3415 or visit www.solardatacenters.com.