Jul 2 2013, 6:44am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Reno, Nevada is about to get a facelift. Apple’s data center which is located in the city will be powered by a solar panel farm. The data center itself cost one billion dollars and will yield a minimum of 18 megawatts of power. According to Gigaom, the whole thing got off the ground when Apple Incorporated combined forced with NV Energy to build the 167 acre solar panel unit. NV Energy is a utility company. When it is completed the solar cells on the farms will generate millions of kilowatts of pure pollution-free energy. All that energy will be siphoned off to the Sierra Pacific Power’s electric grid station. This grid station is responsible for energy provision to Apple’s data center. Since its data center needs a lot of electric power, Apple took this decision to use solar energy as the chief means of gaining access to a vital power source.
Another one of Apple’s central hub in Maiden, North Carolina is supplied renewable energy for its entire operations. The fact of the matter is that all of Apple’s data centers rely on this type of clean energy. And the one in Reno is going to be employing some cutting-edge solar panels that concentrate sunlight in order to extract its vitality.
Some other key Apple sites that are solely running on solar energy include: Cork, Ireland; Elk Grove, California and Austin, Texas. The vast amount of energy generated at the Reno plant will be enough to power 6,400 road-faring vehicles. Apple’s new venture is likely to create at least 1000 new jobs. This will occur both directly and inadvertently. The ultimate objective for Apple is to completely become dependent on renewable resources instead of fossil fuels for its energy requirements.
Apple is one giant conglomerate which is definitely going green. One of the chief ploys used by Apple on its solar farm is to use mirrors to concentrate the sun’s energy onto the panels. The level of concentration thus becomes over seven times the normal level of the sun’s brightness. Apple’s fans are happy with this development. They have put their faith in the late Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak’s brainchild. It is the way of the future and the future looks bright alright.
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