Apple Hosting Massive Solar Array At N.C. Data Center


As part of a host of environmental mitigation measures, Apple has completed a 100-acre, 20 MW PV facility at its Maiden, N.C., data center.

The company, which first publicly announced the project last year, notes in its recent environmental report that the array – the nation's largest end-user-owned, on-site PV installation – is now completed. Its annual production capacity totals 42 million kWh.

Additionally, Apple plans to double its on-site solar capacity with a second 20 MW array. Construction has begun on the second project and is expected to be complete by the end of this year.

The solar arrays represent part of the company's energy management strategy at its facilities. Apple notes in its environmental report that it has also obtained 100% renewable energy for several facilities worldwide.

The energy is procured through a mix of on-site projects and renewable energy credit purchases. At least two facilities in addition to the N.C. data center feature rooftop PV arrays ranging from 180 kW to 550 kW in output.

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