Apple plans solar farm for Reno datacenter
As part of Apple's efforts to meet all of its power needs with renewable energy, the tech giant is planning its third solar farm. The new farm will power Apple's data center in Reno and also aims to provide energy for the surrounding community. Apple currently has two solar farm projects underway at its datacenter in North Carolina.
Working in partnership with the Nevada utility company NV Energy, the solar farm should produce "approximately 43.5 million kilowatt hours of clean energy" according to a statement released by Apple.
Katie Fehrenbacher writes for GigaOM that Apple is using a different approach in Reno than what's being implemented in North Carolina:
"Apple is actually planning to use a new type of technology for the solar system, which includes both solar panels and also mirrors that concentrate the sun’s rays up to seven times onto the panels. That process increases the amount of power generated."