Data Centers

Photos: How Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft data centers are using clean energy

Data centers use massive amounts of energy

According to Green House Data, the world's data centers use as much energy as the output of 30 nuclear power plants, which is about 1.5 percent of all energy use in the world. Data center traffic is expected to quadruple by 2016. Big companies like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Apple are starting to reduce their carbon footprint with clean energy-powered data centers. 

Image: Green House Data

By Lyndsey Gilpin

Lyndsey Gilpin is a former Staff Writer for TechRepublic, covering sustainability and entrepreneurship. She's co-author of the book Follow the Geeks.