James Montgomery, News Editor, Photovoltaics World
February 21, 2012 | 27 Comments
Last year Apple commissioned its new 500,000-square-foot [not acre!] data center in Maiden, North Carolina. The facility, costing an estimated $1 billion facility to build, is the company's biggest data center several times over, aimed to support everything from iTunes to its iCloud services to the Siri voice functionality in the iPhone 4S.
Among its other credentials: LEED Platinum status (possibly a first for any data center anywhere) and various energy-efficient design elements, from chilled water storage white cool-roofs to LED lighting to real-time power monitoring to its use of recycled and locally-sourced materials.
Reports surfaced last fall that Apple was planning some kind of solar system at the Maiden site. And today a number of outlets have keenly picked up on an updated Apple environmental report, in which the company expands on its renewable energy plans for the facility:
We're awaiting feedback from the company (if they'll provide it) for more details about the specific technologies and suppliers involved, timelines, etc., and will update with anything we get.
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