(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Tech giant Apple is planning to power its Reno, Nevada data center with the sun.
According to a report from GigaOM on Monday, the Cuptertino, California-based tech provider has teamed up with NV Energy and SunPower to develop a solar panel farm near the facility.
The move will help generate between 18 to 20 MW of power.
“All of Apple’s data centers use 100 percent 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. This project will not only supply renewable energy for our data center but also provide clean energy to the local power grid, through a first-of-its-kind partnership with NV Energy. 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,” commented an Apple representative, according to the report.
The move isn’t a surprise. The company previously carried out a similar expansion at its Catawba County, North Carolina data center just late last year.