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Apple Plans To Power iCloud With The Sun

Apple Plans To Power iCloud With The Sun
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The company is building the biggest end-user-owned solar array in the country to power its data center.

Emma Hutchings
  • 23 february 2012

Apple is going to build a large-scale renewable energy project at its data center in North Carolina, which houses the company’s iCloud service. They say it will be the biggest end-user-owned on-site solar array in the country.

Wired reports that the 100-acre, 20-megawatt facility will supply 42 million kWh of renewable energy each year. Additionally, a fuel cell installation powered by biogas will provide over 40 million kWh each year. The building has been granted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, which is the highest honor that eco-friendly building practices can achieve.

Also at the data center, a chilled water storage system that reuses rainwater will help to improve cooling efficiency, resulting in a 20% drop in overall water consumption. Apple will also use outside air to cool the servers, a white roof to improve the solar reflectivity and motion activators for the LED lighting.

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