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Waste and Wood Chips power Rackspace 's new 'Green' Data Centre

IT Hosting provider Rackspace Hosting announced it has begun installing equipment in its new 'green' data centre, which will be powered by renewable energy sources.

The data centre, in Slough, Berkshire, will draw power from a local combined heat and power plant that uses wood chips, waste paper and fibre fuel to generate electricity, hot water and steam in order to reduce its carbon footprint

Rackspace has converted a former warehouse on the Slough Trading Estate, to provide 55,000 square feet of net technical space. Construction has been completed and equipment is being installed in the first data hall.

The first customers are scheduled to go live in June. The date centre layout has been built to Rackspace specifications, which were designed to better manage customer needs.

Doug Loewe, managing director of Rackspace said: "This is a fantastic project which will harness bio-mass fuels to power the data centre. Rackspace is committed to being energy efficient and making a real and positive difference to the environment. We also recognise that customers are increasingly looking for suppliers who can help them meet their own environment related goals. By investing in this facility we continue to strive to exceed the environmental expectations of our customers while delivering their hosting needs."

Power for the data centre comes from the UK's largest dedicated bio-mass energy plant, which is operated by Scottish and Southern Energy.

Interestingly, Rackspace is amongst a number of technology companies that offer carbon neutral services by planting trees through its relationship with the International Tree Foundation, the world's longest standing tree planting charity.

The company has already planted more than 2,500 trees to offset the carbon emitted through running servers.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.