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Datacenter saves money and the planet

Alyssa Jung

— The datacenter industry helps businesses save the environment, but in turn, consumes a tremendous amount of electricity itself.

“By 2020, the industry is going to be considered as big a polluter as the airline industry,” said Wills.

That projection is what prompted TurnKey to make an investment now by becoming uber energy efficient.

“With that eye on the future it was very apparent to us that we needed to have a sustainable growth business model utilizing green technology. (It) was not only the socially aware choice but economical because in the long-term it saves us money,” said Wills.

Besides the cold containment pods that keep TurnKey’s electric bill as skinny as possible, the building is powered by solar panels. On Thursday, April 19, a sunny afternoon meant about 75 percent of the electricity being used by servers in the pod was powered by sunlight.

“We’re not burning any fossil fuels, no coal. It’s literally produced on our rooftop,” said Wills.

Because it’s such an energy sucking industry, datacenters like TurnKey are few and far between in this part of the country and more commonly found in states like Virginia and Texas.

“The vast majority operate in different areas of the country because electricity is more expensive in New York than just about anywhere else,” said Wills.

TurnKey received $183,000 in grant funding from National Grid and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and $375,000 from the Albany County Business Development Corporation’s Technology Acceleration Fund administered by the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce to create the energy efficient data hub.

“The Chamber is pleased to work with TurnKey on their business expansion. We applaud their commitment to our region and the environment thorugh their use of green technologies to fuel their IT services,” said Mark Eagan, president and CEO of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.”

For more information about TurnKey, visit www.turnkeyinternet.net.

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