There have been a couple of significant ribbon cuttings in the Mad River Valley recently. First there was the Mad River Food Hub, and then this week there was the official ‘power cord cutting’ ceremony at Small Dog Electronics to mark the commissioning of a dedicated solar array at their headquarters in Waitsfield, Vermont. The opening was attended by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, staff from Small Dog, and Freeaire’s Richard Travers.
The 42kW solar panel array is projected to generate the power needed to run Small Dog’s retail store in South Burlington as well as half of the power for the company’s Waitsfield headquarters.
Solar power, however, is not Small Dog’s only investment in alternate energy technologies.
A Freeaire system has regulated the temperature of the company’s server room since 2008, using cool Vermont air to safely and reliably cool sensitive electronic equipment. A server room can be kept at a relatively high temperature (65 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit) meaning that outside air can be used as a primary cooling medium almost year round. Additionally, Small Dog recently upgraded their Freeaire system to the latest Cooler Controller, which includes humidity monitoring and management settings that further increases the utility of the system in data center environments.
Polar Power and Solar Power — They go together like Yin and Yang. Props to Small Dog for their ongoing commitment to energy conservation and sustainability (and reduced energy bills!).