Apple to Use Tesla's 'Megapack' Battery to Help Power Apple Park at New Energy Farm

Apple plans to use Tesla's "Megapack" battery pack at a newly announced energy farm in California to help power Apple Park and further its commitment to renewable energy and being carbon-neutral by 2030, according to The Verge.

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Apple's newly announced California solar farm will use 85 of Tesla's 60MV battery packs to help power ‌Apple Park‌, according to the report. According to Apple, the new solar farm, initially spearheaded by the company in 2015, will store enough battery to power more than 7,000 homes.

Apple is constructing one of the largest battery projects in the country, California Flats — an industry-leading, grid-scale energy storage project capable of storing 240 megawatt-hours of energy, enough to power over 7,000 homes for one day. This project supports the company's 130-megawatt solar farm that provides all of its renewable energy in California, by storing excess energy generated during the day and deploying it when it is most needed.

The farm was approved by the local Monterey County Board of Supervisors last year, and the county's chief of planning confirmed to The Verge that Apple would use Tesla's "Megapack" battery at the new farm.

Apple will not, however, be using Tesla's most high-end Megapack offering. As noted by The Verge, Tesla has built 100MV battery storage solutions in Australia and Houston, Texas. Apple's VP of environment, Lisa Jackson, says the company hopes the new farm will remove hesitancy around companies switching to renewable and clean energy.

If we can do it, and we can show that it works for us, it takes away the concerns about intermittency and it helps the grid in terms of stabilization. It's something that can be imitated or built upon by other companies.

Apple and Tesla are yet to be direct competitors; however, that could change in the not-so-distant future as Apple further develops its self-driving car. Tesla CEO Elon Musk made headlines earlier last year when he revealed that he reached out to Tim Cook about Apple acquiring Tesla. According to Musk, however, Cook never accepted the meeting invitation.

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wanha Avatar
18 weeks ago

April fools! Apple really cares about the environment when you can't replace the top case in your computer yourself as they will not provide the tool to calibrate the trackpad. And you can't replace the camera or screen in your iOS device as it has to be authorized to do so, even though you can connect it properly. Way to waive a false flag apple.

After warranty is up, most USB-C macs and newer iOS devices, even if they can be fixed are forced to become junk that is unable to be donated.

Apple: here is my middle finger.
In a black and white world, perhaps this take would make sense.

In reality, however, we live in a more complex world where tradeoffs need to be made. If the environment were the only concern, Apple would stop making products altogether.

It is possible to make products, take design decisions, AND care for the environment, but it always involves tradeoffs in one direction or another.
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mw360 Avatar
18 weeks ago
I hope Tesla glues it into the building so that they have to build a whole new one when it goes bad.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WoodpeckerBaby Avatar
18 weeks ago

April fools! Apple really cares about the environment when you can't replace the top case in your computer yourself as they will not provide the tool to calibrate the trackpad. And you can't replace the camera or screen in your iOS device as it has to be authorized to do so, even though you can connect it properly. Way to waive a false flag apple.

After warranty is up, most USB-C macs and newer iOS devices, even if they can be fixed are not allowed to be and forced to become junk that is unable to be donated.

Apple: here is my middle finger. I will vote for right to repair laws.
Apple replaced my MBP15 2018 top case for free out of warranty because battery was swollen.

Apple replaced my MBP15 2017 top case for free because of sticky keys.

I paid for many Mac repairs out of warranty using insurance.

Apple gave me a new MBP15 2018 for free when they took my MBP15 2017 for various repair-related reasons.

So, unless you don't want to spend a single dime on Apple repairs, Apple is actually very generous when it comes to out of warranty repairs. They also deliver excellent service.
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jcswim312 Avatar
18 weeks ago
I’m happy Apple continues to lead the industry in their ambitious environmental goals

It’s looking like they will achieve their goal of going 100% green before 2030!

I hope other companies can do the same so we can solve climate change
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving Avatar
18 weeks ago
Wow! That’s great. This will benefit both companies Tesla and Apple! ?
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Reason077 Avatar
18 weeks ago

Apple's newly announced California solar farm will use 85 of Tesla's 60MV battery packs ... Telsa has built 100MV battery storage solutions in Australia and Houston, Texas.
Err, 60MV? 100MV? ... 100 million volts?! I know this is April 1st, but this is fundamentally wrong. Tesla Megapacks typically operate in the 400-480V range (AC 3-phase). Perhaps you meant megawatt-hours? ie: 60 MWh? 100 MWh?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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