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Apple’s Cloud To Be Powered By Sun

Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 10:56 am by Solar Energy USA
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News reports are stating that a new Apple data center in North Carolina will soon be home to a massive solar panel farm.

Permits issued by Catawba County in Maiden, North Carolina show that Apple’s request to modify some of it’s 171 acres of land across the street from their data center has been approved in preparation for  a large solar energy system.

According to the Hickory Daily Record, “Apple is clearing more than 100 acres of land across from its data center, which opened earlier this year at 5977 Startown Road. It was reported earlier this year that the data facility would be a cloud-computing center for Apple. Across the street, at 6028 Startown Road, Apple has filed a soil erosion permit with Catawba County for about 170 acres of land. Apple applied for the permit on Aug. 9, and the county reviewed and approved it on Aug. 10. In the application, Apple described the work as “Solar panel farm A” for the 170.99 acres of land.”

Building more energy efficient data centers and finding cleaner sources of power for data centers has become an important issue to technology-based companies as more and more web services have been moving to the cloud and hyper-connected, always-on devices, have emerged as the norm. iCloud is Apple’s big foray into cloud-based music and photos. Their new solar farm dubbed “iDataCenter” will provide low-cost renewable energy to their data center being built to support their new iCloud service.

According to Apple.com, “Apple reduces energy use in our facilities in a number of ways. Currently, our facilities in Austin, Texas; Sacramento, California; and Cork, Ireland, are 100 percent powered by renewable energy. As our growth continues to outpace that of the rest of the industry, Apple remains committed to creating products that have the least amount of impact on the environment.”

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