Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Apple's NC Solar Farm

More Details on Apple's NC Solar Farm
March 7, 2012 - One month after revealing plans for a big solar project at its new data farm in North Carolina, Apple has opened the kimono a bit more to show the project's planned output, ready date, and one of the key partners.

Last month Apple disclosed plans to partly power its giant new data farm in Maiden, NC, with a 20 megawatt (MW) solar system. (Also part of the plan is a smaller fuel cell system, possibly supplied by Bloom Energy). Today, the San Jose Mercury News picked up on a new filing with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) that lays out more details about the proposed 100-acre project, including size, possible cost, and the main technology supplier.

Some of the information is blocked as confidential — including maps and photographs of the site, projected costs, anticipated kilowatt and kilowatt/hour outputs (on- and off-peak), and terms of the electricity sale agreement — but here's what we can glean from the publicly available NCUC documents (filed under "SP-1642/Sub 0"): read more>>>

San Jose's SunPower to provide solar panels for Apple's new data center

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