Virtual Desktops Get Energy Rebates


NComputing this week announced that its thin clients (also known as "virtual desktops") now qualify for energy rebates in several states.

NComputing's thin client devices, which are used in schools in various parts of the world, consume as little as 1 watt to 5 watts per device. According to the company, more than 1 million NComputing seats have been sold in more than 140 countries, and its technologies are used in more than more than 40,000 organizations, including thousands of schools.

Devices include virtualization software and hardware. Students' monitors, mice, and keyboards connect to the host system through an NComputing access device. These run off the excess computing power of the host systems to provide standard desktop performance for common applications.

According to NComputing, the company has qualified these devices for rebate and discount programs with several utilities in California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin in the United States and British Columbia and Manitoba in Canada. In some cases, rebates are offered for the full cost of the device ($70).

NComputing "is also working with non-utility agencies, such as the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Development and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, who have also qualified NComputing products for special energy-reduction incentives," according to the company.

Further information about the rebates can be found here.

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