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From Google to Facebook, big data is driving green energy shift


Tech companies are also starting to site their datacentres in places with access to green power. — Reuters

Tech companies are also starting to site their datacentres in places with access to green power. — Reuters

Dozens of wind turbines each standing 260 feet tall spin in the breeze on the plains of Oklahoma, feeding electricity for a Google datacentre about 180 miles away. 

Worldwide, datacentres like the Mayes County site outside Tulsa handle almost 32 quintillion bytes of information each day, according to Cisco Global Cloud Index. That’s the equivalent of streaming 32 billion hours of Netflix, and it makes big tech companies some of the fastest growing energy consumers. 

   

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