Apple Receives Regulatory Approval for 20-Megawatt Solar Farm at North Carolina Data Center

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The North Carolina Utilities Commission today officially approved (PDF) Apple's proposal to construct a 20-megawatt solar farm across the street from its data center in Maiden, North Carolina.
    Previous filings with federal regulators have indicated that Apple plans to have the solar farm installed by November 1, with operation to begin by December 21.


    Apple signaled its intentions to build a data center at the site last October, moving to clear and grade the land as it sought approval for the project. The company publicly unveiled its plans back in February, noting that the facility will be the largest user-owned solar array in the United States. A separate 5-megawatt fuel cell facility is also under development at the site and is proceeding through a parallel regulatory approval process.

    The official proposal was filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission on February 15, and was subjected to staff review of the plans, a public notice and comment period, and input from the State Clearinghouse on environmental and other issues. With that information in hand, the Commission offered its official approval this past Monday and finalized the certificate issuance today.

    Article Link: Apple Receives Regulatory Approval for 20-Megawatt Solar Farm at North Carolina Data Center
  2. gigapocket1, May 17, 2012
    Last edited: May 17, 2012

    gigapocket1 macrumors 65816

    Mar 15, 2009
    I'm actually surprised that it would be up and running by end of December...

    First to comment lol
  3. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    And yet, Greenpeace will find something to complain about with this.
  4. JoEw macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2009
  5. 8281 macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2010
    Well that's some good news...good job all around.
  6. antster94 macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2010
    London, UK
  7. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    In other news, the British advertising agency ASA has told Greenpeace "to stop 'encouraging anti-social behaviour'". Headline in theregister: Hippies told to stop asking for money to fund vandalism.

    I visited a nuclear power station ages ago. They had two ship diesel engines delivering about 25 MWatt together, for emergency power supply (in case the turbines break down, and the power lines break down, and one of the two engines cannot be started, they still have enough power to supply cooling etc. Once a day these engines get started for test purposes, and of course the electricity goes into the power grid. )
  8. FFArchitect macrumors regular


    Mar 14, 2010
  9. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    It's a conspiracy!
  10. iMacoo7 macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    Destin, Florida
    Its enough to power to keep things up and running for a good while if need be.
    1 Megawatt = 106 watts
  11. tigres macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    should be 1.21 gigawatts, but I guess were not there yet.
  12. iZac macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2003
    Great news that Apple are paving the way for responsible electrical generation!

    Does anyone else find it amusing that a Solar farm is to begin operations on December 21st ... Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year?
  13. BassPlayer macrumors member


    Aug 12, 2011
    West Haven, CT
    Forgive my ignorance, but is 20 megawatts a constant? Is it peak production? Is it over time? And just how much is the data farm expected to require? Will this 20 megawatts completely supply the data farm, essentially becoming self-sufficient, or is it still going to require electricity from "the grid"?

    It sounds good, but exactly what are we talking about here?:confused:
  14. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
  15. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Apparently they're planning for a soft launch.
  16. grimjim macrumors member

    May 24, 2003
    Er, I assume you meant to write 10^6 watts. :)
  17. jumpinjohn macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2006
    Their agenda has nothing to do with conservation and responsible living.
  18. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    So true. I am all for protecting the environment and all that but really--couldn't Greenpeace have find a better target than Apple? I mean regardless of how much energy the data center may use, it still has to be way down on the list of environmental polluters. But it is good to hear they will have a solar farm there to help with the power load. :)
  19. One Bad Duck macrumors member

    One Bad Duck

    Sep 18, 2005
    Power Plant?

    If its a power plant - lol - why do they have so many lights on - Turn all those little lanterns at the front off and you've already saved a few watts. Cmon guys

  20. Konrad9 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2012
    Yes and no. It's a lot for a single business to set up for their own personal use, it's not even a half a fraction of a drop in the bucket compared to the national power grid.
  21. gwelmarten, May 17, 2012
    Last edited: May 18, 2012

    gwelmarten macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2011
    It's really good to see such a large and admired company leading the way and inspiring people with such a large investment in green energy.
  22. JHankwitz macrumors 68000

    Oct 31, 2005
    Greenpeace is spending most of their time proving to the world how ignorant, stupid, and inept they are. And, they'll continue to get people to donate for support as long as the media sensationalizes and promotes them for free.

    The truth is that this will provide the equivalent of the power (during bright sunlight) needed to run a thousand homes. Of course we're all going to have to pay big bucks when using Apple services to cover the extraordinary added cost of this electricity.
  23. TxLoneRider macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2012

    Really, 20 MegaWatt, is likely peek capacity at time of manufacture.

    Solar panels can loose up to 10% of their rated value per year. They also need to be cleaned and will require maintenance.

    Oh, and a backup power source. Since their is no way to store that much power.

    So, 20 MW, well that could power 200,000 100Watt light bulbs, at high noon, with no clouds, and the panels are clean and new. Of course, why would you need all the light bulbs on when the sun is shining so bright :)

    Seriously, solar panel energy capture does correlate well with industrial power peeks somewhat well, and correlates well with air conditioning needs and charging electric cars at work.

    But correlates very poorly with home charging of electric vehicles, and person energy use.

    So, has any one asked AAPL is they have a fund set up for the disposal of the used solar panels with they have outlived there usefulness?
  24. JHankwitz macrumors 68000

    Oct 31, 2005
    That's Apples new facility in North Carolina, used to house and serve iCloud, Siri, etc.
  25. GSPice macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2008
    It's pure business. Nothing "green" about it.

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