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Apple Planning a 137-Acre Solar Farm Near New Reno Data Center

by Ron Duwell | July 2, 2013July 2, 2013 10:30 am PST

Apple Solar Farm

Apple is making another huge stride to go green with an enormous solar panel array. GigaOM is reporting that the 137-acre 20 Megawatt installation will be laid out near Apple’s newest data center in Reno, Nevada with the aid of NV Energy.

The “Ft. Churchill Solar Array,” as it is called, will be roughly the same size of two existing arrays that Apple currently owns in North Carolina. Both are able to generate 18 to 20 MW of power.

The solar farm in Reno will be using a new kind of technology that not only has solar panels, but also a complicated mirror system designed to concentrate the sun’s rays with up to seven times the amount of energy.

Apple will be working once again with SunPower, the company who helped it build the North Carolina farms. A new tariff in Nevada will allow the state to buy the arrays from Apple if it ceases to need them, and it allows Apple to easily extend its usage as well.

Apple issued a statement on the new solar arrays, saying:

All of Apple’s data centers use 100 percent renewable energy, and we are on track to meet that goal in our new Reno data center using the latest in high-efficiency concentrating solar panels. This project will not only supply renewable energy for our data center but also provide clean energy to the local power grid, through a first-of-its-kind partnership with NV Energy. When completed, the 137 acre solar array will generate approximately 43.5 million kilowatt hours of clean energy, equivalent to taking 6,400 passenger vehicles off the road per year.

Apple’s dedication to clean energy and the environment has taken off drastically in the last several years, and the company’s data centers are on the right path to being 100 percent reliant on clean energy .

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