Tech giant Apple to build photovoltaic solar plant
18-megawatt facility will provide power for data centre in Nevada, USA
Technology giant Apple has said it will pay for construction of an 18-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant in northern Nevada to provide power for a data centre it plans east of Reno.
The Fort Churchill Solar Array, to be built in Yerington, was included in a filing Monday by NV Energy Inc. with the Public Utilities Commission.
Apple announced plans last year to build the data center. The solar generating plant would be located in Lyon County, south of that facility. The solar plant proposal must be approved by state regulators, a process that could take several months.
In a statement, Apple said the solar project would provide renewable energy for the data center and add clean energy to the power grid.
"All of Apple's data centres use 100% renewable energy and we are on track to meet that goal in our new Reno data center using the latest in high-efficiency concentrating solar panels," the company said.
Once completed, the 137-acre solar array would generate about 43.5m kilowatt hours of renewable power. The amount of fossil fuel saved by going solar would be equivalent to taking 6,400 vehicles off the road each year, company officials said.