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Apple Purchases Hydroelectric Project Near its Oregon Data Center

by Sean P. Aune | April 13, 2014April 13, 2014 11:00 am PST

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Apple is continuing its push to make sure that its data centers run mainly on renewable energy sources, and the latest move include the purchase of a hydroelectric project in Oregon.

According to a report from¬†The Oregonian, Apple has purchased a small hydroelectric project in Oregon that will be able to generate between three and five megawatts of power. While this would be enough to power 2,000 to 3,500 homes, it will apparently only account for a small percentage of the power requirements of Apple’s new data center in Prineville.

The Prineville facility will consist of two buildings, each measuring 338,000 square-feet and will be the latest facility to house one of its iCloud data centers.  Other facilities in California and Maiden, North Carolina are powered by wind and solar facilities respectively. An additional new facility in Nevada will be powered by a mixture of solar and geothermal energy.

Thanks to efforts such as this one in Oregon, Apple appears to be on track to be considered one of the top green corporations as judged by Greenpeace when the next survey rolls around.

The amount Apple paid for the EBD Hydro facility was not disclosed.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...