Green web hosting has become a fairly common term today, with a host of companies who proudly address the description and promote pure renewable methods to operate their data centers. Connect the term green web hosting to the Internet and an overwhelming amount of websites will show promising technologies such as wind powered hosting, solvency servers or sustainable sites. TopHosts looked at this new host market and what really needed to maintain this environmental stamp for approval.
Phil Nail, Technology Manager for Affordable Internet Services Online AISO.net, told TopHosts that they currently stand alone in the industry as a truly green web host. The company provides a 100 percent solar powered operation, its own environmentally designed data center and a redundant solar powered network, in its own country in Romoland, California.
Their steelframed data center without wood except the door frames maintains 120 solar panels on two large sets of arrays, which can generate up to 60 kilowatts of electricity each day. Through its commitment to solar heat and through various other clean, renewable methods, AISOs system eliminates 19,890 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, 5.9 pounds of nitrogen oxide NOX smog per year and 0.45 pounds of sulfur dioxide acid rain per year which corresponds to planting 3.5 hectares of trees per year. And all the time Nail says that AISO delivers web hosting plans that are comparable in price and as reliable as any other company out there.
Degrees of Green Hosting
But while more green hosting companies hit the scene, nails respond most not as environmentally engaged as they seem. We control every day and have not found anyone else who actually has green power at his facility, said Nail. You really have to read between the lines to see what they really have and finally youll see green credits.
In fact, what makes most of these web hosting services green is the purchase of renewable energy credits REC. Web hosting controls the amount of harmful greenhouse producing energy they use, then purchases REC, which finances and supports renewable energy production across the country. This process is said to outweigh the amount of greenhouse gases produced by web hosting, which makes it possible for these companies to label green, explained Nail.
According to AISOs website, many of the so called green web hosting companies do not run any environmentally friendly technology at all, but instead buy REC as marketing tactics in the hope that they think they help the environment. AISO says that many RECs only go to helping polluting power companies increase their green portfolios and meet EPA or government guidelines. One of the things that has to change is that these companies must stop looking at traditional power and data centers. They have to buy their own buildings and land and use their own green services ... and buying green credits does not make your companys green said Nail.
Green Hosting Compromise
But Greg Willson, an environmental engineer with PlanetMind.net, a green web hosting provider, says installing solar panels or building wind turbines is not just a profitable option for any hosting company at the moment. Without more state aid and subsidies, entry costs for implementing renewable technology can be high and difficult without the right country, location and money. Willson says buying RECs, while using as many environmentally friendly methods as possible, is also an important part of the green web hosting business.
If a company and employees are true in their own minds about being green and committed ... and helping to finance green technology, they help the future of the web hosting industry ... They set the example now, Sade Willson.
Wind and Solar Hosting
Planetmind works with a renewable energy dealer that promotes the development of wind power. Electricity bills are a little more expensive, but the investment ensures that money goes straight to wind farms in the United States
David Hardy, also of Planetmind, believes that wind energy has a great potential as a source of powerful green energy, so it helps the reason to fund it. Nevertheless, it is out of reach of the average company. Wind is tough, you really need the right place. Its more appropriate for power companies to handle, said Hardy. But sun is not out of reach of the average company.
Planet memory benefits solar energy because it can be generated locally and because the cost of installing solar panels is currently extinguishing. Planetmind, in the small mountain community of Holland, Colorado, generates its own local solar power of approximately 250 watts photovoltaic enough to run its home based servers and their EcoMail service at about 1500 accounts.