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Apple reveals solar energy plans for North Carolina data center

apple NC datacenter 2Data centers in general aren’t environmentally friendly due to the amount of power needed to keep them running and to keep the servers cool. Well Apple has always advertised themselves to be a “green” company and has always boasted that their products are made with the environment in mind, and it looks like that green mindset will be extended to their data center in Maiden, North Carolina.

For those wondering, the 500,000 square foot data center at Maiden, North Carolina will be home to Apple’s iCloud services and Siri, and the company has recently released more details about their plans for the upcoming solar farm and fuel cell facility that will be used to power the data center.

According to the report, the data center will have the largest user-owned solar array in the US, and will be capable of supplying 42 million kWh of clean, renewable energy annually. The report also highlights that the data center has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certification, signifying that the data center has managed to achieve over 80 points across five major categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.

At the rate we’re consuming technology, it’s good to know that there are companies out there looking to give back to the environment as well.

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