Apple has announced plans to build a giant solar array in Nevada to power its data centre facility there, as the company continues to push forward with its green credentials.
Apple said that the new facility, to be based in Reno, will help ensure that all its data centres use renewable energy. A mock-up of the facility is pictured above.
"All of Apple's data centres use 100 percent renewable energy, and we are on track to meet that goal in our new Reno data centre using the latest in high-efficiency concentrating solar panels,” the firm said in a statement sent to V3.
“This project will not only supply renewable energy for our data centre but also provide clean energy to the local power grid, through a first-of-its-kind partnership with NV Energy.”
Apple said the project would help save huge amounts of energy: “When completed, the 137 acre solar array will generate approximately 43.5 million kilowatt hours of clean energy, equivalent to taking 6,400 passenger vehicles off the road per year."
The move was praised by Greenpeace, with international senior IT analyst Gary Cook saying the move underlined the importance all major tech players are placing on green energy systems.
"With Google, Facebook, and now Apple all announcing major new deals in recent months for new renewable energy to power their data centre operations, the race to build an internet powered by renewable energy is clearly in full swing," he said.
“Tech companies are showing they have the ability to use their influence and buying power with utilities to change their supply of electricity away from coal and toward renewable energy.”
In contrast, Microsoft and Amazon were chided by Cook for their failure to embrace green technologies.
"Microsoft and Amazon – both of which still power their internet using the dirty electricity that causes global warming – ought to take notice. In the race for a clean internet, Apple is leaving both of those companies in the dust,” he said.
The latest deal by Apple comes as the firm aims for a 100 percent green infrastructure goal in the coming years, with a report by Apple in March claiming it was at 75 percent of this goal.
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