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Sun Server Customers Qualify For Power Company Rebates

Certain Sun Microsystems servers now qualify for rebates of up to $1,000 from power utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E).

Buyers of Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers with the low-power CoolThreads UltraSPARC processors are eligible for rebates of $700 to $1,000 per server from PG&E, which serves northern and central California, said Dave Douglas, vice president of eco responsibility at Sun, Santa Clara, Calif.

PG&E offers rebates to its consumer customers who buy new energy-efficient appliances such as refrigerators and clothes dryers, but this is the first time that the power company--or any utility in the United States--has offered such a rebate for servers, according to Douglas.

At least for customers in much of California, the rebate could have a major impact on data center costs, Douglas said. A T1000 has an entry-level list price of $3,995, and with the CoolThreads processors, the server can save an estimated $800 per year on energy costs and $200 per year on related air conditioning costs, on top of the $700 to $1,000 rebate, he said.

"That's pretty cool," said Mark Teter, CTO of Advanced Systems Group, a Denver-based Sun solution provider. "It's nice to see Sun take the lead on data center energy costs."

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