by Joe White
July 2, 2013
Apple recently announced that it's planning on constructing a huge solar farm alongside its Reno, Nev. data center, in a bid to ultimately power the center using 100 percent renewable energy. What's more, through a unique partnership with NV Energy, Apple's solar farm will also supply renewable power to the local grid, the Cupertino, Calif. company said in a statement shared with AllThingsD. Apple explains:
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. 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.It's good news for local residents, too. According to a survey conducted by Applied Economics for the State of Nevada, Apple's new solar farm could create some 1,000 jobs and, over a 10-year period, may result in up to $24.1 million in revenue for Nevada. Apple's goal is to power all of its facilities with 100 percent renewable energy. Here's hoping more companies follow Cupertino's lead in the near future. See also: LinkedIn For iOS Updated With Search Enhancements For Better Professional Networking, Could Best Buy Start Selling The Pebble Smart Watch From This Weekend?, and RIP Google Reader ... Long Live Reeder, Now With Support For Feedly And Feed Wrangler.