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PG&E Offers First Rebate for Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 Servers
Up to $1000 In Savings from New Non Residential Retrofit Program
August 15, 2006,
Volume 102, Issue 3

We will continue to work with industry leaders such as Sun who realize that energy efficiency and environmental stewardship are good things for their businesses.

-- Helen Burt
 

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is offering a rebate program called the Non Residential Retrofit Program for California PG&E customers who upgrade to Sun FireTM T1000 and T2000 servers with CoolThreadsTM technology.

This new energy incentive program for computer servers selected the Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers, the first and only systems to qualify for a power rebate. customers who replace old, inefficient servers with eco-responsible Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers can now apply to receive cash savings between $700 - $1,000 per server (or up to 35 percent off with the Sun Upgrade Advantage Program).

With increasing energy prices, this rebate comes at the perfect time.

"PG&E is committed to providing a comprehensive array of energy efficiency offerings to data center operators, and we're pleased to add rebates for efficient computing equipment to our portfolio," said Helen Burt, senior vice president and chief customer officer at PG&E. "We will continue to work with industry leaders such as Sun who realize that energy efficiency and environmental stewardship are good things for their businesses."

PG&E's Non Residential Retrofit Program is targeted to customers who have energy-intensive operations and are utilizing energy saving equipment. Sun servers were selected because they achieved the highest energy efficiency rating among servers in their class.

The Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers were evaluated for qualification in this program through an audit of Bay Area companies. Customer tests revealed that the new CoolThreads technology Sun Fire servers not only save energy, but also reduce the load on the cooling system anywhere from 30 to 300 percent, saving customers hundreds of dollars annually. For example, Joyent saved 8,929 kWh/year (or $1,072) per server and will receive a rebate of $989 per server from PG&E.

More details are available online, including a comparison of one Sun Fire T1000 server vs. two Dell PowerEdge 2850s, and the savings from upgrading from an older Sun server to a Sun Fire T2000 server. There is also a calculator online to assess how Sun's new CoolThreads and x64 servers can save you power and cooling costs.

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