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.




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.
Nobody knows exactly what an Apple tactical data center is supposed to be, but according to Rackspace Chief Technology Officer John Engates, who has spent his fair share of time in windowless buildings racked with servers, it may be a neutral spot where Apple partners can come and plug their gear into Apple's grid without getting any exposure to the fantastic secrets housed in the larger 500,000-square-foot facility.



Apple's new tactical data center with cooling units feeding building and backup generators along road




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




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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soupcxan

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Jun 13, 2010
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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"?
 

writingdevil

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Feb 11, 2010
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Indeed, it'll probably be more powerful and look nicer too.
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.
 

s4bones

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Dec 4, 2011
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Indeed, it'll probably be more powerful and look nicer too.
lol! FAIL!

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

that would be more accurate!!

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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"?
you sure about that?

there are quite a few companies in the US that make solar panels...
 

thekris1234

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Jun 10, 2011
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Nope. They will now complain about the number of trees Apple removed in order to put in the solar panels.
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.
 

tomfrompv

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Aug 2, 2012
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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.

Yep, I'm new to the comments but a long time reader. I was also a fanatic long before it was cool. First Mac was a Lisa, if that tells you anything.

BTW, clouds and solar arrays don't mix.