Yesterday, Apple confirmed that they were building a solar farm to produce electricity to the company data center in Reno, Nevada. For this solar energy project, Apple joins forces with a Nevada utility company, NV Energy. Through this partnership, Apple will be able to link its solar farm to the local power grid. Therefore, Apple solar farm will also generate electricity to neighbors communities.
Not long ago, the popular company announced two other solar farm project in Maiden, North Carolina. Those recent announcements from Apple show its commitment to renewable energy as the company already have three others data centers powered by different kind of clean energy in Cork (Ireland), Elk Grove (California) and Austin (Texas). Apple stated “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,” the company almost completed its overall target. “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.”
The construction project should last 8 months and create about 100 jobs. When finished, the solar farm will generate 35 jobs and up to 41 by 2016. For this solar farm, Apple is working with the synergy of solar panels and mirrors that will catch and concentrate sun rays up to seven times on the panel. This will allow to produce more solar energy.
Apple’s biggest and famous competitor, Google, is also working on renewable energy for its buildings. Google had spent $1 billion on renewable energy project.