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.
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.
Image courtesy of Flickr, Pieter Morlion
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