Data Center Knowledge reports Intel is giving photovoltaic (PV) panels a tes trun at its data center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico:
The array of 64 Sharp solar panels will generate 10 kilowatts of electricity, just a fraction of the amount needed to power most data centers. But the project could “potentially lead the way for a more aggressive solar program within Intel,” according to Marty Sedler, Intel’s director for global utilities and infrastructure.
Intel’s John Miner told local media the solar array will be used with data center containers, which require less total power than traditional data centers. The project also examine the potential for solar panels to provide supplemental power during the summer, when local utilities see peak usage and are most likely to face capacity challenges.
Solar energy hasn’t been widely used in data centers because of the large amounts of energy required to power the servers and cooling equipment in modern mission-critical facilities. It requires a very large installation of PV solar panels to produce even a fraction of the energy required by most data centers.