Aerial Photos of Recent Work at Apple's North Carolina Data Center

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    Several weeks ago, we noted that Apple was already undertaking a minor expansion of its massive data center in Maiden, North Carolina, having received permits for a roughly 20,000 square-foot "tactical data center" located adjacent to the existing 500,000 square-foot facility.

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    Wired has now obtained aerial photos of the site taken earlier this week, showing not only the new tactical data center but also ongoing installation of solar panels at the 100-acre solar farm across the street from the data center and what appears to be the 4.8-megawatt fuel cell facility behind the data center.
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    Apple's new tactical data center with cooling units feeding building and backup generators along road

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    Solar panels installed at Apple's 100-acre solar farm across Startown Road from data center

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    Foundations likely to be for fuel cell facility adjacent to data center
    Apple's North Carolina data center is just one of a series of planned major data centers designed to support the company's iCloud services and other offerings. The company already operates a smaller data center in Newark, California near its corporate headquarters in Cupertino and has revealed plans for major new data centers in Oregon and Nevada.

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    That image of the solar panels.

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    I thought my info was literally in a cloud. ;( Dreams ruined
     
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    We live in exciting times. I'm happy in seeing more and more of renewable resources popping up in industry.
     
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    No, they're pissed about all the trees that were taken down to build the solar farm...:rolleyes:
     
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    Nope. They will now complain about the number of trees Apple removed in order to put in the solar panels.
     
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    If its in NC too then I'm all for it. You can add HTC, LG, Sony or whoever else wants to build high-tech facilities that try to use alternative power in these parts.
     
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    How does the consumer benefit from these massive data centers? Better iCloud/iMessage efficiency?
     
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    Indeed, it'll probably be more powerful and look nicer too.
     
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    Solar panels,

    made in China,

    by forced labor / child labor,

    using toxic chemicals,

    placed on a clearcut forest.

    How exactly is this "green"?
     
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    what's the alternative?
     
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    Tactical Data center? What? No, those are Siris new living quarters........
     
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    maybe they will built another DC hovering up in the clouds.
     
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    That's an odd comment. How exactly would a solar farm "look nicer"? Have Martha Stewart put lacy little curtains on the cells? Also interested in how you or Samsung would make the effort more "powerful". The design used there is pretty cutting edge, unless you and Samsung have a secret up your or M. Stewart's skirt.
     
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    lol! FAIL!

    you mean, it will be made and look cheaper and will crash daily!

    that would be more accurate!!

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    you sure about that?

    there are quite a few companies in the US that make solar panels...
     
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    How about, for every tree Apple removed here, another one is planted right outside Greenpeace HQ. I'm sure once they're in a forest they'd soon get pissed with nature.
     
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    O I thought you said SkyNet :(
     
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    hivemind

    on another note:
    i have many friends in the industry and a couple that work here....but im sworn to secrecy :D:p
     
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    Does anyone know the details here? Mostly, are taxpayers funding part or all of the solar arrays? Sorry to be so cynical, but given the state of our deficit and recent history of our govt, it would be awful if cash-flush Apple was one more pig at the public trough.

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    Sources or I call you trolling.
     

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