Clearer Skies and Greener Clouds: Amazon Backing Solar Energy
The futurist aspect of the technology sector is not wholly equal across the board: an astounding amount of energy is needed not only to run online servers themselves but also to keep where the servers are stored frigid and dry with air conditioning. And this energy does not necessarily come from renewable energy resources. Some cloud-computing firms, such as Apple, Yahoo, or IBM, are attempting to remedy this problem by going green when it comes to energy consumption; others, such as the online retailer Amazon, have lagged behind in adoption of greener energy policies. Nevertheless, that lag is about to change: Amazon recently announced its plans to back the construction of a 1,000-acre, 80-megawatt solar-energy farm - called Amazon Solar Farm US East - which will be the largest such farm in Virginia and one of the largest east of the Mississippi; the energy generated by the farm will be used to supply power to its Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers in the region.