What kind of electricity do you run on?

  • Posted January 30, 2014

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?


I am wondering whether this information is still accurate or updated according to where it claims a site hosted there on FRA1 is not “Green”?

I’d really like to know the answer to this question.

Does Digital Ocean use renewable / sustainable energy? And if not, what are their plans to do so?


@calumryan Yes they are.

thegreenwebfoundation directory is filled by infos given by the cloud/data center providers. They need to provide a range of Ips to identify their servers, and also proofs that they use “green energy”. But DO or its datacenter providers did not communicate with thegreenwebfoundation.

It is also important to note that the thegreenwebfoundation does not make a distinction between true green energy (power by wind, solar panels… (=GREEN)) and fossil energy compensated by renewable energy certificates (RECS or GOOs (=LIGHT-GREEN)).

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I was looking for informations concerning DO’s services sustainability, and I ended up making this post to centralize the infos we currently have as customers.

@DigitalOcean: Here are a few questions for your team:

  1. Which facilities or/and provider are SFO2 and BLR1 located ?
  2. Is DigitalOcean in a colocation contract with Digital Realty ? They claim to offset 100% of Colocation business electricity footprint, so it would be great if you were!

========= Results ===========

If you have more info and/or spot inaccuracy, feel free to comment and I’ll update as necessary.

== Categories ==

Name description
GREEN 100% power by renewable energy
LIGHT-GREEN doesn’t use a renewable energy based grid, but 100% compensate by buying energy credits/green energy.
DARK Fossil energy based grid and/or mix of renewable energy and/or compensate part of its consumption
UNKNOWN Unreliable and/or missing information to evaluate

== INFOS ==

Category Location DO Region Provider Justification
GREEN Amsterdam AMS2, AMS3 Equinix since 2016 Green grid (GoOs)
GREEN Frankfurt FRA1 Interxion Green grid
GREEN London LON1 Equinix LD5 Green grid (REGO)
LIGHT-GREEN Singapore SGP1 Equinix SG2 100% I-RECs
LIGHT-GREEN New York City NYC1 Equinix NY7 100% RECs from wind
LIGHT-GREEN Toronto TOR1 Equinix TR2 100% RECs from wind
DARK New York City NYC2 Digital Realty NYC2 No transparency on sustainability
DARK New York City NYC3 Digital Realty NJR3 No transparency on sustainability
UNKNOWN San Francisco SFO2 ? ?
UNKNOWN Bangalore BLR1 ? ?

Bangalore Apparently the services hosted in Bangalore seems to be in a facility own by NTT Communications. But I didn’t find any official source to confirm that assumption. If it happen to be the case: NTT Communications stated in their 2018 report that they partially use wind power energy in their facility.

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) - Digital Realty (NYC2, NYC3, SFO1, SFO2) - Interxion (FRA1) - NTT Communications (BLR1) -

Found this DigitalOcean idea:

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

Eavesdropping. Eager for specifics.

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.

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

See also this petition and White Paper:

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

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.