“Apple Inc. plans to power its main U.S. data center entirely with renewable energy by the end of this year, taking steps to address longstanding environmental concerns about the rapid expansion of high-consuming computer server farms,” Poornima Gupta reports for Reuters.
“Apple plans on using coal-free electricity in all three of its data centers, with the Maiden facility coal-free by the end of 2012,” Gupta reports. “‘I’m not aware of any other company producing energy onsite at this scale,’ Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said in a telephone interview. ‘The plan we are releasing today includes two solar farms and together they will be twice as big as we previously announced, thanks to the purchase of some land very near to the data center in Maiden, which will help us meet this goal.'”
Gupta reports, “‘Our next facility will be in Prineville, Oregon. This is still in the planning stages and we have already identified plenty of renewable sources nearby,’ Oppenheimer said. ‘We haven’t finalized our plans for on-site generation, but any power we need to run our center in Prineville that we get from the grid will be 100 percent renewable and locally generated sources,’ the Apple CFO said.”
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