io design & illustration, inc.
fun and functional design & illustration services for print and web

Solar Powered Web Hosting

Vast amounts of energy are used to power computers and web servers across the nation. One way we at io design & illustration, inc. have chosen to make a difference is to host on Solar Powered servers with The data center where our server resides is a 100% solar-powered facility. The data center uses 120 photovoltaic panels to generate electricity that runs servers, cooling systems, office equipment and all other electrical equipment at the facility. These panels directly power the equipment that shows your website to the world.

Features and benefits of AISO’s Solar Powered Hosting facility include:

  • 100% solar-powered, carbon-free hosting without the use of energy credits.
  • Reduction in production of greenhouse gasses annually is equivalent to planting 8 acres of trees or driving a vehicle for 38,216 miles.
  • Elimination annually of 34,488 pounds of Carbon Dioxide (CO2/GHG), 50.6 pounds of Nitrous Oxide (NOX/smog) and 37.4 pounds of Sulfur Dioxide (SO4/acid rain).
  • Facility features LED lighting, solar light tubes, R-50 insulation, low VOC paint, high efficiency air conditioning systems and rainwater collection. In process are a green roof and LEED certification.

We looked long and hard to find a data center powered by renewable energy that could meet our hosting needs. By hosting through io design & illustration, inc. you are supporting a local Asheville business and renewable energy technology.

How much energy is used by servers in the United States?
In 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency estimated that the nation’s servers and data centers consumed about 61 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity for a total electricity cost of about $4.5 billion. Following trends at the time, national energy consumption by servers and data centers was estimated to nearly double again in another five years to more than 100 billion kWh, for a $7.4 billion annual electricity cost. With the growth of digital devices that connect over the Internet, the need for more infrastructure continues to grow.

Hosting With Us

Currently, we are only accepting new hosting accounts for clients’ websites. If you are interesting in having us put together a design and hosting proposal for a WordPress site, please contact Hugh Munro.

Our Hosting Policy

io design & illustration, inc. does not knowingly allow the use of its server space for any illegal, destructive, or evil activities. This includes, but is not limited to unsolicited electronic mail (spam), adult oriented sites, slanderous or hate related speech for the purpose of isolation, discrimination, or physical attack.

All clients hosting with us also agree to abide by the DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT. A summary of this act can be found at