Once completed, the solar power plant will be capable of generating 43.5 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy for Apple’s planned data centre in Reno
Apple Inc. intends to build a solar farm in to power its planned data centre in Reno, Nev.
The computer company will build the 18-megawatt solar power plant with the help of NV Energy Inc., a public utility which generates and distributes electric services in northern and southern Nevada. The data centre will be built in Lyon County south of the solar farm.
The energy produced by the planned solar farm will go to the Sierra Pacific Power Plant Co.’s electric grid which serves the area where the Apple data centre will be built.
Once completed, it is estimated to be capable of generating 43.5 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy.
Cogeco opens largest data centre
Report on Mission Critical Computing
The company said the new data centre will draw from Apple’s experiences in using renewable energy in its other data centres.
Apple’s Maiden, North Carolina data centre is powered by a solar array that produces 42 million kilowatt hour of low-carbon, renewable energy. The facility also uses biogas and “free” outside cold and a chilled water cooling system to cool servers 75 per cent of the time. The renewable energy produced by Apple onsite is enough to power 17,600 homes for a year.
Apple’s Newark, Calif. data centre uses 100 per cent renewable energy from wind mills; and its Pineville, Ore. Data centre uses a combination of wind, hydroelectric and solar energy.
The 137-acre solar plant in Reno will still require approval from state regulators.
Optimized Security and Simplicity for Complex Distributed Enterprise Networks
This IDC Analyst Connection looks at the the benefits of using a UTM platform integrated with network connectivity and how it will save the enterprise money, reduce the number of vendors' products needed to be purchased, improve the communications between devices, offer the opportunity for organizations to deploy more sophisticated capabilities, and vastly improve security.