Apple plans 200 MW solar farm

1 February 2017

Sian Crampsie

Apple and NV Energy have signed an agreement to build 200 MW of solar energy to support the computer giant’s operations in the state of Nevada, USA.

NV Energy says that it will file an application with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to buy energy from the proposed project, which will support Apple’s Reno, Nevada data centre operations.

Apple has pledged a goal of meeting all of its energy needs with renewable energy. In 2016 it said that 93 per cent of its global operations were powered by renewable energy, and its expansion plans will require it to invest further in renewables.

Apple’s data centre is located at the Reno Technology Park, where the firm has submitted plans to build another data centre. The solar farm will be Apple’s largest to date.

“Investing in innovative clean energy sources is vital to Apple’s commitment to reaching, and maintaining, 100 per cent renewable energy across all our operations,” said Apple's vice president for environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson.

The Reno solar farm is expected to be commissioned in 2019.

 



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