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Holyoke, the new hub for Green I.T

June 12, 2009

Gov. Patrick announces Holyoke to be the site of a High Performance Computer Center, in a collaboration with Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Umass.

Governor Patrick said “The use of green technology is a key feature here”

Holyoke is actually one of the best places in the country to develop and locate Green I.T , not only for hydro generation, but also for wind and solar generation.

But one of the most critical aspects of running a computer center is the cooling aspect. So once again Holyoke’s canal system can be used in a “green way” as well as implementing a geothermal solution.

However, all is lost if there is no funding for such a project, at a cost of $80 mil. to $100 mil, the need for corporate investment is really going to be required.

Not only will this project bring “green jobs” to Holyoke, as well as computer jobs, and help develop the local economy.

Cisco Systems, and EMC Corporation have already been mentioned.

So what do you think Holyoke can do to get corporations to invest in this plan?

One Comment leave one →
  1. June 12, 2009 1:47 pm

    It’s not whether Holyoke can get corporations to invest, it’s more a matter of who will have ownership of the facility, and technology created by the amount of money they invest. At least 30% of the money needed is already committed. The city is already doing its part through HG&E. Once the site is selected the city will be able to do more.

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