Apple in a recent announcement has declared that it will build a new solar energy farm in association with NV Energy to feed power to its new data center in Reno, Nevada (USA). This will be a major step of Apple towards its goal of having data centers run on green and renewable energy sources.
The top tech giants like Apple, Microsoft and Amazon are under severe criticism for too much consumption of electricity and other resources by their data centers. Data centers are vital to cater the internet traffic of vast user-base worldwide.
The new solar farm will provide power to Sierra Pacific Power’s electric grid that serves Apple’s data centre and when completed will generate about hours 43.5 million kilowatt of clean energy a year, Apple said in a statement.
Apple already runs its largest data centre in the US on solar power. The center in Maiden, North Carolina produces 167 million kilowatt hours, the power equivalent of 17,600 homes for one year, from a 100-acre solar farm and fuel cell installations provided by Silicon Valley startup Bloom Energy.