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Apple to Build Solar Panel Farm for Reno Data Center

Apple is planning to work with Nevada utility company NV Energy to build a solar panel farm next to its Reno data center, reports GigaOM. Like the company's two other solar farms located in North Carolina, the Reno solar farm will provide between 18 and 20 MW of power and will be built by solar company SunPower.

The Reno site will incorporate the SunPower Oasis C7 system, which includes a set of parabolic mirrors to reflect sunlight onto solar cell receivers, "concentrating the sun’s energy by 7 times."

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An Early Image of Apple's Reno Data Center

Apple's solar farm plans were approved on June 12 by the Nevada state utility commission, and under the terms, Apple has the option to expand the solar farm in the future. While the farm is under construction, Apple will use local geothermal power to run its Reno data center, continuing its commitment to clean energy.
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.
Apple first announced that all of its data centers run on 100% renewable energy back in March, with its corporate facilities running on 75% clean energy. According to Apple's environmental policy pages, the company has decreased its greenhouse gas emissions by 21.5 percent since 2008 and estimated itself to be responsible for 30.9 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2012.

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14 months ago
Looks like the Breaking Bad chicken farm.

Rating: 5 Votes
14 months ago
these data centers dont look anything like ios 7. gotta jonny ive em up.
Rating: 4 Votes
14 months ago

I thought server farms work best in cool climates.


They work best wherever it's cheapest to run them.
Rating: 4 Votes
14 months ago
praise Apple for all the efforts to use clean energy. And for developing an enviromental conscience. Not being so cynic to talk about Greenpace....


:):apple:
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14 months ago
I thought server farms work best in cool climates.
Rating: 2 Votes
14 months ago
Awesome. Now if we just plant 10,000,000 of these, we'll solve the world's energy needs :cool:

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Hard to grasp how they can even approximate these 'estimates' with any degree of reality. These are indeed estimates, at best.

Actually it's really not that tough, obviously they are estimates but they are very close ones at that. Combustion of certain hydrocarbons releases these greenhouse gases, so what you need to know is an approximate usage of whatever they're using by weight (oil prob for plastic and other materials and some other stuff), and they'll know how much they are emitting by weight of carbon and other greenhouse gases based on combustion formulas.

Rating: 2 Votes
14 months ago
It kinda looks like they bought Warehouse 13. There must be an iPod with Steve's reality distortion field in there somewhere.

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14 months ago

That, or nuclear fusion. Hurry up CERN. Just don't blow up the universe in the process, lol


lol fusion is actually 100% safe. It's fission that leads to nuclear disasters like chernobyl and Japan.
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14 months ago
I made an account just for this thread,

Do any of you know when this will be completed,

I live in Reno, and the job market is very bad.

I don't want to leave my hometown, but I'm running out of options.

It would be great to work here.



I wouldn't be surprised if competition here was fierce, considering apple will offer much better pay then most companies in Reno. --- I hope
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14 months ago

the 137 acre solar array will generate approximately 43.5 million kilowatt hours of clean energy


Over what timeframe? A day? A year? The lifespan of the facility?
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