May 19, 2012 - News has slowly been leaking out about renewable energy plans for Apple’s data center in Maiden, North Carolina, and now the whole shebang is up on the Apple website. Apple has confirmed that the gigantic facility will run entirely on renewable energy. When running at full capacity the data center draws a whopping 20 megawatts, so that’s a pretty impressive feat – especially since Apple has declared that it will go 100 percent renewable before the end of the year.
Solar power for Apple
Apple’s website makes it clear that the data center will be “using entirely renewable resources,” which of course doesn’t necessarily mean that all of the energy will be produced on site. Loosely speaking, “using” could also refer to purchasing offsets.
Be that as it may, Apple states that it will be generating about 60 percent of the power on site, partly with two solar installations that will produce about 84 million kilowatt hours annually. read more>>>