Apple, which is already powering its data centers with 100 percent renewable energy, is apparently not done with green energy yet. Yesterday (July 7) the City of Claremont in North Carolina agreed to annex land, allowing the company to build a new, 17.5 megawatt PV farm there.
The company already has the largest privately-owned solar power farm in the state with its 20 megawatt facility at it’s Maiden datacenter. It’s also building another 20 megawatt sister PV array there. The PV array at its newest data center in Reno, Nev., was installed even as the center was being built.
Since launching its efforts to run its data centers on 100 percent renewable energy, the company has ramped up quickly. It was able to move to 100 percent renewable energy at its data centers within two years of announcing the shift.
“Apple’s initial investment in the 100-acre, 17.5 megawatt solar farm is $55 million,” wrote the Hickory Daily Record’s Evan Matsumoto. “And the tech giant’s project will create 75 indirect jobs during construction. City Manager Doug Barrick said Apple agreed to use source jobs locally, if possible.”
As part of the newest project Apple is giving two parcels of land to the city, which the city will use for greenways recreation and other purposes. Apple will also receive land from the city. Apple’s land is actually outside the city limits but, according to the filings, the city has agreed to annex it so that all of the land will fall under the same jurisdiction. According to the filings Apple has 126,101 acres of land valued at more than $1.4 million.
Apple will receive a 1.5 acre plot of land at the city’s former South Waste Water Treatment Plant, worth $36,000. Barrick said at the council meeting the plant has not been used since 1993.
The company has also bolstered its green initiatives with the hire of for Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson. One of the next steps for the company’s green efforts, Jackson said in May, was to convert all of its stores to renewable energy. However, it becomes more difficult to make such a commitment because the company has stores across the world and sometimes there are no available sources of green energy to purchase locally.
Other big-name tech companies, including Google and Facebook, are also using clean energy to power their data centers.Tweet