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The environmental impact of an organization must be accounted for and its cost/value fully understood. In this report, the viability of solar-powered data centers is examined, with recommendations for actions to precede any decision to move to solar power.


  • Many governments of the world have agreed to reduce CO2 emissions. As they begin to introduce legislation to enshrine these principles in law, it will be the business sector that is forced to alter current working practices to ensure that their individual contribution can be measured, reported on, and reduced.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn why the typical data centre uses its energy in the following ways: 40% is directed to IT load, 35% cooling, 20% ancillary equipment such as PDUs, and 5% lighting.
  • Discover the impact of insolation figures on the selection and viability of solar power.

Key questions answered

  • Why is 25% the best efficiency currently for photovoltaic solar panels?
  • How fast is the market moving to photovoltaic solar plants?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum View
  • Recommendations
  • Key Messages

Generating your own solar power does not represent a viable option for running data centers

  • Generating solar energy to power a data center
  • The market is moving to photovoltaic solar plants as its efficiency reaches 50%

Managing the CO2 emissions of the data center will increasingly become part of the CIO’s role

  • CIOs must take responsibility for environmental issues by being proactive

New approaches are required to ensure environmental objectives can be achieved

  • Micro-level management of the technology is becoming a must-have capability
  • Managing the data center as a holistic entity means power and utility usage as well

The cooling options can significantly affect data center efficiency

  • The basic science behind data center cooling is fairly simple and is governed by the three laws of thermodynamics
  • Understanding and categorizing the workload is required for optimal efficiency


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