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Apple to Build Solar Farm to Power North Carolina Data Center
Posted By Brit Liggett On November 1, 2011 @ 3:03 pm In Renewable Energy,Solar Power | 1 Comment
Apple just applied for permits to build a solar farm on 171 acres of land near their Maiden, North Carolina data center . Though the company isn’t releasing any official information about the project, the data center in question has been railed by the media for being run on cheap dirty coal . If the entire vacant lot is transformed into a solar energy production field it has the capability of providing the data center with 25 to 35 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity.
Data centers consume a tremendous amount of electricity, and companies around the world have made recent efforts to cut down on their power use — by doing this they can reduce emissions while saving money. Facebook just built a data center in the arctic  that takes advantage of the region’s frigid air as a cooling system, and Google recently announced that they’ve been carbon neutral since 2007  with the help of data centers run on renewable energy.
Apple’s latest solar endeavor isn’t its first – the company currently has at least three facilities world-wide that are completely powered by renewable energy. They also just released plans for a new, super efficient, sustainable headquarters in Cupertino, California . The North Carolina data center is responsible for processing information for their new iCloud service, and though they haven’t applied for a building permit yet, they’ve asked the city for permits allowing them to reshape the terrain and build a gravel access road — processes that are right in line with the first steps to going solar.
Via Huffington Post 
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URLs in this post:
 data center: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=data+center
 cheap dirty coal: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=dirty+coal
 a data center in the arctic: http://inhabitat.com/facebooks-fancy-new-server-farm-will-be-cooled-naturally-by-arctic-air/
 carbon neutral since 2007: http://inhabitat.com/google-announces-that-its-been-carbon-neutral-since-2007/
 sustainable headquarters in Cupertino, California: http://inhabitat.com/apple-unveils-exciting-new-pictures-of-its-foster-partners-designed-green-headquarters-in-cupertino/
 Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/29/apple-solar-farm-north-carolina_n_1035155.html
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