Apple is planning on constructing a huge solar farm alongside its Reno, Nev. data center in a bid to ultimately power the location using 100% 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 All Things Digital. Apple explains:
All of Apple’s data centers use 100% 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.
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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% renewable energy. Here’s hoping more companies follow Cupertino’s lead.
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