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Apple plans to power its massive North Carolina data center with the biggest end-user-owned solar farm in the country.
Apple Inc. said Monday that it plans to power its massive data center in North Carolina with equally massive solar and fuel-cell installations.
The company said the solar array, expected to cover much of 100 acres, will be the biggest end-user-owned installation in the country. Its capacity is estimated at 20 megawatts, supplying 42 million kilowatt hours of solar power annually.
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has already spent an estimated $1 billion to build the 500,000-square-foot data center in Maiden, N.C., which plays a major role in its iCloud storage and sync service and its Siri voice-activated personal assistant.
The fact that the company planned to build a large solar farm next to the data center has been known since last year but the exact size hadn’t been revealed until Apple issued an environmental report Monday, along with a facilities report.
Click here to see a PDF of Apple’s facilities report.
Click here to see Apple’s environmental report.
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