Each stroke of the keypad, each search on internet, every click, every swipe consumes energy. More than 40,000 searches are made every second on Google, amounting to consumption of power equivalent to a ceiling fan running non-stop for a month. And most of the energy consumed – 90% of it, by an estimate – is attributed to datacenters. Yes, the “connected world” is powered by huge datacenters that consume almost 10% of total electricity produced globally. In the next decade, demand for datacenter is estimated to increase by 10 times, consuming 13% of electricity, the world over.
India is arguably the fastest growing datacenter market in the world, currently having 252MW of power. With a compound growth rate if 20% yoy, it is expected to reach 536.1MW by 2024, almost double is current state. Such rapid growth can put pressure on environmental health, unless datacenters are designed and operated sustainably. The need for optimized resources and the urgency of environmental protection has led to a sunrise – solar powered datacenters.
Solar Powered Datacenters for Sustainable Growth
UN mandates Sustainable Development Growth (SDG) for technology operations worldwide. The increasing threat of climate change and depleting resources demand organizations to innovate and adopt a balanced approach for their operations. The next generation of
sustainable datacenters strive to achieve zero carbon, zero emissions, and zero waste. And it all begins with clean energy. Solar energy is emerging as the most feasible alternative to traditional power sources. It is produced on or near site for consumption on a per kilowatt hour basis with zero carbon footprint, zero emission, and is able to scale rapidly.
Optimized Costs, Maximized Efficiencies
Solar powered datacenters are not just environment friendly but cost efficient. It brings down the energy bill by almost 70%, a benefit directly passed to customers, resulting in huge cost savings. The zero emission and zero loss of power during transmission increases efficiencies and curbs wastage. It also eliminates the concern over extreme volatility and un-reliability of regular power grids. Relative stability of cost of solar power over ever increasing cost of traditional power gives a lot of headroom to organization to invest in innovation. There is no barrier to scale as well. Sun being an infinite energy source, solar powered datacenters can easily scale to meet their growing requirements.
CtrlS Brings Sustainable Datacenters to India
CtrlS has been at the forefront of innovation and sustainability. We are the first Datacenter in the world to be accredited with a ‘LEED Platinum’ certification from United States Green Building Council (USGBC), validating our commitment to sustainable growth with healthy, highly efficient and cost-optimized green infrastructure.
Our Mumbai datacenter is country’s largest solar plant in façade with 1.3 MW installed capacity generating 42,000 units of power per year. Carrying forward our vision to minimize environmental impact and move to zero emission, zero waste, zero pollution operation, we are all set to build captive power solar plants with capacity of 200 MW. The first phase of this project will be completed in next 9 -12 month, with 50 MWp capacity generating 75 million KWH.
Sustainable practices are the only way forward to keep the balance between rapid pace of technology led transformation and environmental impact. Resilient and efficient infrastructure by design and optimized operations drive responsible growth. CtlrS has pledged to support the exponential rise of data economy with unflinching commitment to ecological health. The solar powered datacenters are our first but decisive step towards a greener earth in the face of monumental energy requirements.