Tuesday, August 15, 2006

PG&E and Sun team up for energy efficiency rebates

California's utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) teamed up with Sun Microsystems this week to offer customers rebates on their power bills for replacing old servers with Sun's new T1000 and T2000 machines.

So far Sun is the only vendor involved in the program. A PG&E spokesperson said that the company had partnered with Sun on the project and it had not yet been exteneded to other server manufacturers. But the program is now open to other vendors.

I briefly spoke with HP's Ken Baker, BladeSystem Infrastructure Technologist after the article ran this morning. He pointed to existing incentive programs, such as the 80-Plus program which offers incentives for energy efficient power supplies in desktops and servers.

Baker said these type of incentives would continue to grow in popularity, but they may face funding challenges.

SearchDataCenter.com will be publishing further comment from PG&E as well as other vendors who have a stake in energy rebates. Check out more information on PG&E's rebate program.


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