Environmental News Network heeft een artikeltje gepost over SolarHost.com, de eerste webhosting service op zonne-energie. Niet alleen is dit prettig nieuws voor milieu activisten, het gebruik van zonne-energie schijnt ook nog eens betrouwbaarder te zijn dan het soms wat brakke Amerikaanse elektriciteitsnet:
Since March, the start-up has offered high-end web-site hosting, design, maintenance and programming at competitive prices - all while operating entirely off the grid. SolarHost's high-density solar panels convert sunlight to electricity for its computer servers and facility. A battery bank stores excess power to keep things running during the night, on rainy days and in times of technical difficulty.
In the case of a catastrophic failure, a nearby backup facility automatically takes over within one minute, enabling Solarhost to guarantee less than one hour of down time per year to its premium clients. "Right now millions of machines and web sites pollute every day," says Overman, alluding to their dependence on electric power plants that produce carbon dioxide. "We provide great service at a competitive price without polluting."
[...] Scott Sklar, executive director of the Solar Energy Industries Association, is bullish on solar Internet services. For one thing, Sklar sees a marketing advantage. "The whole idea of using solar technology for branding is an attractive option for consumers," he says, pointing to the success of low-fat, low-cholesterol and organic products. But above all, he says, solar systems promise greater reliability than their grid-based counterparts.
"As we experience more and longer duration power outages," Sklar observes, "more companies are adding photovoltaics to extend their battery banks. With the deregulation of the electric utility industry, you'll find that those companies that can be online all the time for the same cost will get the business."