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Who Is the Greenest Web Host?

| Wednesday April 8th, 2009 | 7 Comments

solar%20powered%20web%20hosting%20greenest%20web%20host.jpegIf you’re looking for a green web host, there’s a large and expanding number of companies out there offering it. Trouble is, for the most part they do nothing different than their conventional counterparts, save buying RECs to offset their energy use. Server farms are a major user of energy, and to eliminate that all together, safely, is a huge, tangible step your business can take.
Solar Host does this, and is a company unlike any other host I’ve seen out there.

Yes, a handful of other companies are fully solar powered, but it’s Solar Host’s whole approach that differentiates it from all the rest. How? This article, “solar powered or not, the monthly bandwidth allowance is 2 to 5 times what’s typically offered. So you need not get a huge package just to make sure you’ve got enough bandwidth for site traffic.
This allows them to offer quite affordable packages, closely approximating your needs. And, given my experience with their staff, they would tell you if what they offer does not meet your needs, referring you to a company that does.
That sort of approach will, in the long run, earn them loyal customers that see them as more than just another host, and at the same time not cost a premium to get more planet and people friendly service.
The site overall does a great job of being both accessible and helpful to those who aren’t tech focused, and pleasing those who need to know, to the last detail, what they’ll be getting. Overall, it’s more in line with how modern business is moving: More human, less tech, great results.
Readers: Where else can your business go more sustainable in a cost and service comparable way to your current options? What other ways are you greening your computing needs?
Paul Smith is a sustainable business innovator, the founder of GreenSmith Consulting, and has an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio School of Management in San Francisco. He creates interest in, conversations around, and business for green (and greening) companies, via social media. Who he has and wants to work with includes consumer, media, clean tech, NGOs, social ventures, and museums.


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  • mantis108

    I think Ross Brouse of Solar VPS/VTG is also noteworthy here for what he’s doing with their SolarGreen initiative. Plus, they have some of the best customer service in the industry. http://solarvps.com/solargreen.php

  • http://www.greensmithconsulting.com Paul Smith

    Yes, for the more tech inclined, that’s another solid option. Good to hear!

  • chaux cedric

    I thought solarhost was hosting powering by solar energy haha :)
    Seriously , it would good idea to make the offer adaptable, you pay and consume for what you need.
    sounds more sustainable

  • http://www.greensmithconsulting.com Paul Smith

    @Chaux It is solar powered hosting! :)
    Yes, having plans that fit with your actual needs just seems a more sensible way to go. Financially and energetically efficient.

  • Wendy Howard

    You say
    “Yes, a handful of other companies are fully solar powered, but it’s Solar Host’s whole approach that differentiates it from all the rest.”
    and you link “other companies” to AISO.net.
    AISO is actually Solar Host’s data centre, as it is for Ecological Hosting, another UK hosting company that’s also genuinely 100% solar-powered.
    This is not to detract from Solar Host’s approach in any way, or the competitiveness of their packages, but AISO’s facility is truly remarkable for not just being solar-powered but designed throughout to make optimum use of renewable resources. Their water supply is from rainwater harvesting, their daytime lighting is provided by solar tubes, their air conditioning uses no refrigerants, they use AMD rather than Intel processors in their servers to cut power consumption by 60% as well as virtualization … and the list goes on.
    What Phil Nail has achieved at AISO should be emulated in data centres the world over. It’s shocking that this is the only commercially available data centre of its kind in the world right now.

  • http://www.greensmithconsulting.com Paul Smith

    Thanks Wendy. I’m aware that it’s AISO’s data center that Solarhost uses, but it’s the parallel of say, here in California where multiple companies offer internet, based off one company’s phone lines. Same source, different price, service, etc.
    Agreed, there should be (and I wonder if there is?) more server farms like this.

  • James Arthur Smith Romero

    Carbon neutral server facilities is only one aspects of the net carbon foot print of a website.. There is also a considerable amount of energy required for end users to find the site via google (see article) or other search engines; and the energy required running the end users local computer. One must also consider the hosting of any ads across its ad network sites and/or any third party advertising displayed on the primary site.

    Correspondingly some green hosting companies like http://www.CR8Change.org actually offset their carbon foot print time three (x3). Thus coming closer to truly carbon neutral website usages. Plus CR8Change also plants one new tree for every green hosting account, every month… However that constitutes 14% of their revenue (cr8change is a mission driven company) as apposed to many other purely profit driven hosting companies.

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