Apple has announced in its last 2012 facilities report that they’re planning to reduce their environmental impact through “energy-efficient, green building design.”
Continuing with its net zero energy program for their corporate facilities worldwide, and among other things, they’re making some changes in their Maiden, North Carolina, data center – where iCloud is. One of the most highlighted changes is building “the nation’s largest end user–owned, onsite solar array on the land surrounding the data center” that, when finished, the “100-acre, solar panels 20-megawatt facility will supply 42 million kWh of clean, renewable energy annually.” In addition, a fuel cell installation is being installed near this facility which, as the company says, it’s the “largest non-utility fuel cell installation operating anywhere in the country.”
On the other hand, complementing this both big projects, the Cupertino company is working with other projects like the application of a solar thermal water heater, as the one they already have in Cork, Ireland, which disposes almost the 100% of their cafeteria water needs; and also the installation of a white cool-roof design to provide maximum solar reflectivity thanks to photovoltaic panels.
At DiscoverSolar we know maintaining a big company green is never easy. So we are glad for these good news and want to congratulate Apple for their attempt of reducing their carbon footprint trusting in solar energy and also in solar panels. Keep on going!
For more information, visit Apple Environmental Information Site.