A quick update on Apple Inc.’s data center in the foothills of North Carolina reveals that the 20 Mega-watt solar cluster is nearing completion. Sitting next to the new data center built for iCloud, Apple estimates this cluster will produce sixty percent (60%!) of it’s power needs onsite. To do that, they are constructing what will be the nation’s largest private solar arrays and the largest non-utility fuel cell installation operating anywhere in the country. Impressive.
Apple will also be constructing another 20MW facility not far from their data center after the first is complete. From Apple’s website;
“Solar power and fuel cells.
We’re currently building two solar array installations in and around Maiden. These sites use high-efficiency solar cells and an advanced solar tracking system. A 100-acre, 20-megawatt installation on the same site as our data center will produce 42 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy annually. A 100-acre site located a few miles away will produce another 42 million kWh. Together that’s 84 million kWh of clean, renewable energy supplied annually. When our bio-gas-powered 5-megawatt fuel cell installation comes online later this year, it will provide more than 40 million kWh of renewable energy annually. This means Apple will be producing enough onsite renewable energy — 124 million kWh — to power the equivalent of 10,874 homes.*”
Images: WCNC-TV Charlotte, NC.