The Greenest Host is a web host that claims to be the greenest. The company certainly has some green credentials to back up such an assertion. They are based in San Francisco, and they run their service from AISO.Net‘s solar powered datacenter. That’s right — AISO’s entire datacenter is powered by its own array of solar cells, installed outside the building. There are 120 solar panels in total, generating 12 kilowatts of power (you can see them on a live webcam here). AISO’s datacenter has been running on solar power since 2001, you can read more details of their solar operation here.
For back-up power, the company uses propane generators, which are greener than diesel generators.
AISO hosts about 300 servers in total. Their facility also has a number of other green attributes, here’s a description from the company:
The data center is environmentally friendly in design. It is completely steel framed with no wood at all except for the door frames on the interior of the building. Our walls are over 12 inches thick and filled with insulation that has recycled content. We built our data center, network and servers from the start to use the lowest amount of energy possible using the latest green design techniques, no other hosting company can do what we do without starting from scratch. We use solar tubes to bring in natural sunlight which eliminates the use for conventional lighting during the day. Our cooling systems are water cooled which reduces the amount of electricity because of the unique setup.
When I have time I will be moving MetaEfficient.Com to a host such as The Greenest Host.
See this Infoworld article for more information about the two companies.
There are some other green web hosts out there. Some of them have fairly impressive green credentials too.