Apple Discloses Its Green Data Center Plan

Posted on May 22 2012 - 6:19am by Editorial Staff

Apple recently received approval to build a 20-megawatt solar farm across the street from its data center in North Carolina; the company disclosed that it is going greener with its data center electricity sourcing. Now, here this is which states how it goes: the company through its “go green” data center will produce an unprecedented 60 percent of the 20-megawatt power onsite.

The on-site installations will include the 100-acre 20-megawatt installation which being built on the same site as the data center and will produce approximately 42 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. The second 100-acre site, located a few miles from the data center’s location, will be configured to produce about the same amount of energy per year.

In a statement, Greenpeace senior IT analyst Gary Cook said:

“Greenpeace and Apple’s customers look forward to hearing more detail about how Apple plans to fulfill its commitment to renewable energy for its North Carolina and Oregon data centers. Apple is still one of Duke Energy’s largest customers, and will have to demand Duke provide the clean energy it needs to legitimately claim the iCloud is 100 percent powered by renewable energy.”

According to Apple’s environmental strategy Web site, it notes:

“We want to ensure that our efforts to use renewable energy transparent and that everyone can follow our progress. That’s why Apple will register the renewable energy generated by our solar arrays and fuel cell installations with the North Carolina Renewable Energy Tracking System (NC-RETS) established by the North Carolina Utilities Commission.”

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