What kind of electricity do you run on?

January 30, 2014 6.1k views
Really I want to know if the electricity to run the cloud hosting is from renewable sources, wind, solar, wave or the old fashioned stuff - oil etc. Does it depend on where the server is based?
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I asked the support about the Frankfurt data center, and I got the answre below. So, Frankfurt indeed runs on 100% renewable energy, and you can find information about the other data centres as well:

At this time we partner with several data center providers. You can find detail about their energy consumption and efforts to utilize renewable energy sources here:

Equinix (NYC1, LON1, AMS2, AMS3, SGP1, TOR1) - https://www.equinix.com/data-centers/design/green-data-centers/
Digital Realty (NYC2, NYC3, SFO1, SFO2) - https://www.digitalrealty.com/about/sustainability/clean-energy
Interxion (FRA1) - https://www.interxion.com/why-interxion/sustainability/
NTT Communications (BLR1) - https://www.ntt.com/en/about-us/csr/eco/ict.html

Found this DigitalOcean idea: https://ideas.digitalocean.com/ideas/DO-I-1007

It’s about the same issue. Give it an upvote if you’d like.

We have datacenters located in the NYC area (located in the Equinix and Telx datacenters), San Francisco (Telx), and in Amsterdam (TelecityGroup). You can check what kind of electricity each datacenter runs on on its website.
  • this answer is a no answer… if you are answering on behalf of digitalocean, I’m sorry for you guys that you have no power to answer clearly and properly to a very easy question.

    E.g. NYC 100% renewable
    Europe 100% renewable
    wherever 50% renewable
    wherever else 0% renewable

    this is an other example how google is stating their energy policy https://cloud.google.com/why-google/ :

    “Carbon neutral and invested in renewable energy

    Google has been carbon-neutral since 2007, investing over $1.5 billion in renewable energy projects. We’re using renewable energy to power over 35% of our operations and we’ve committed to using wind and solar as much as possible by investing in renewable energy projects to grow the industry.”

Thanks Kamal I'll check them out
Couldn't find the info on Telecity's website, so contacted them. Just got a reply:

"Thank you for question through our website.

We do have a mix of renewable energy, but this is only applicable when customers explicitly ask for. I can only answer you that Digital Ocean is a customer of us in our Amsterdam's site. For more information I would like to refer you to Digital Ocean.

Kind regards,"

I'm going round in circles on this one. Does anyone have a definitive answer?
The answer in case anyone is looking for it is here: http://digitalocean.uservoice.com/forums/136585-digitalocean/suggestions/2891520-green-hosting
  • the answer, isn’t an answer but a “I suggest you …”

    It’s really clear to me that digitalocean isn’t explicitly interested about green energy. If someone can prove the opposite, I’d be glad to ear it ;)

Today feels like a good day to bump this thread. Digital Ocean, can you please supply information about your energy suppliers in 2018 and if you have plans to move to renewable sources.

I’m also interested in the answer to this question. I would also be willing to pay a surcharge if necessary.

I would love to know which of the Digital Ocean regions run on sustainable energy.

See also this petition and White Paper:

I would also like to know. I’m hosting my website in Singapore and I have no idea if the energy used is renewable or not, I guess not.
And I would also be willing to pay more for that, I would be ok with paying double or three times the amount I currently pay.
Otherwise I think I’ll just move to another hosting provider, which is a shame because Digital Ocean is simply the best one for my needs.

I would also like to know this - I’m assessing my business’ impact on the earth and wish to choose providers who are trying to reduce theirs too.

Eavesdropping. Eager for specifics.

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