As Earth Day approaches, concerned citizens around the globe continue to find ways they may help protect the environment and bring attention to issues such as pollution, climate change, and energy conservation. When it comes to energy consumption, the issue certainly doesn’t stop at home. The data centers of today consume enormous amounts of energy, and while work is being done to tame it, thanks to many things such as the use of fewer servers, server virtualization, and the decrease in server power requirements, there are costs involved in doing so.

As data centers continue to expand and scale out, there’s an increase in expenses to both purchase the land and facilities and to manage and run the equipment. For many state and local governments and educational organizations, these capital and operational expenses related to data centers are happening at a time when budgets are increasingly tight, if not flat.  While newer equipment – such as virtualization tools and All Flash Arrays – are energy efficient and use less power for the same capacity and require less physical space – they often seem out of reach for many state and local government agencies.

NYSERDA – the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is an organization built to assist others in investing in energy efficiency projects.  With a clear mission to promote energy efficiency since 1975, NYSERDA offers millions of dollars in financial incentives for a variety of energy improvements for New York-based data centers.  The incentives are divided into two categories – the FlexTech Program and Industry and Process Efficiency (IPE) Program.  The FlexTech Program awards grants for fifty percent of energy-related engineering studies up to $250,000, while the IPE Program awards financial incentives of fifty percent of costs up to $1million for energy-saving IT projects for either new construction or investment in existing facilities.  And these opportunities are in addition to other rebates and discounts that are also available through NYSERDA to drive transformational programs.

Want to learn more about how to optimize your data center in support of energy efficiency? You can access the recorded webcast  here.

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