Apple to Build Solar Panel Farm for Reno Data Center

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is planning to work with Nevada utility company NV Energy to build a solar panel farm next to its Reno data center, reports GigaOM. Like the company's two other solar farms located in North Carolina, the Reno solar farm will provide between 18 and 20 MW of power and will be built by solar company SunPower.

    The Reno site will incorporate the SunPower Oasis C7 system, which includes a set of parabolic mirrors to reflect sunlight onto solar cell receivers, "concentrating the sun's energy by 7 times."

    An Early Image of Apple's Reno Data Center
    Apple's solar farm plans were approved on June 12 by the Nevada state utility commission, and under the terms, Apple has the option to expand the solar farm in the future. While the farm is under construction, Apple will use local geothermal power to run its Reno data center, continuing its commitment to clean energy.
    Apple first announced that all of its data centers run on 100% renewable energy back in March, with its corporate facilities running on 75% clean energy. According to Apple's environmental policy pages, the company has decreased its greenhouse gas emissions by 21.5 percent since 2008 and estimated itself to be responsible for 30.9 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2012.

    Article Link: Apple to Build Solar Panel Farm for Reno Data Center
  2. Asclepio macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2011
  3. DonutHands macrumors regular


    Dec 20, 2011
    Los Angeles
    these data centers dont look anything like ios 7. gotta jonny ive em up.
  4. bkushner macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2011
    I thought server farms work best in cool climates.
  5. acorntoy macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2010
    They work best wherever it's cheapest to run them.
  6. Schmitty11 macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2011
    Still looks like some Area 51/NSA type facility thats very existence is denied.
  7. SilianRail macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2011
  8. MacDav macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2004
    They work best in highly air conditioned buildings. Yes it's easier to keep buildings cool in cool climates. However, since the big air conditioners will be powered by solar it's cool. :) I'm sure they got a great deal partnering with Reno NV. energy also.
  9. Dulcimer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    Maybe Mr. Fring runs these "data centres," too. ;)
  10. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
    But where will they fit them in such a densely built up area?
  11. york2600 macrumors regular


    Jul 24, 2002
    Portland, OR
    A cool climate is ideal, but when you plan a datacenter there's other concerns that are often more important.

    Connectivity: There's a lot of network providers for Apple to peer with in NV. I had equipment in Switch in Vegas and they peered with about two dozen different providers giving you low latency connectivity to a large populous.

    Power: The cost of power is huge in a datacenter. If you're generating it yourself this obviously isn't as important, but most datacenters are not self powered (especially not at night). This is why you pay more for EC2 systems in California vs. Virginia or Oregon in Amazon

    Taxing: I'm sure Apple is paying no property taxes here, but they also need a location that has no sales tax and doesn't include the cost of the servers in the property tax structure. That was a key point in locating in Oregon for Google/, Apple, and Facebook.
  12. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
  13. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Hard to grasp how they can even approximate these 'estimates' with any degree of reality. These are indeed estimates, at best.

    Using their acquired knowledge now for broader community applications? Of course, it's not as altruistic as it sounds, but still, it's hard to find fault with the overall concept. Building solar capacity in a sunny state like Nevada, and with the pre-approved option of future expansion, as well as being geared towards future growth, is a sound move by APPLE, and to be applauded. Their energy needs for the foreseeable future are guaranteed, while being able to sell current overcapacity to Nevada's NV Energy. It's a foregone conclusion that APPLE will be generating lots more energy during the day than they'll be drawing from the grid at night. At the rate cities like Vegas are growing, NV Energy could use all the extra capacity they can get.
  14. appleisking macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2013
    Awesome. Now if we just plant 10,000,000 of these, we'll solve the world's energy needs :cool:


  15. macs4nw macrumors 601


    That, or nuclear fusion. Hurry up CERN. Just don't blow up the universe in the process, lol
  16. appleisking macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2013
    lol fusion is actually 100% safe. It's fission that leads to nuclear disasters like chernobyl and Japan.
  17. milbournosphere macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    It kinda looks like they bought Warehouse 13. There must be an iPod with Steve's reality distortion field in there somewhere.

  18. Ralf The Dog macrumors regular

    May 1, 2008
    Until they rip a hole in space and it eats the planet.


    Now all Apple needs is a 500 foot coat hanger and the worlds largest Marshmallow.
  19. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    Maybe Apple is building a secret nuclear enrichment facility. It would make Iran's Bushehr nuclear facility look like child's play.
  20. macs4nw macrumors 601


    I am aware of the non-polluting qualities of nuclear fusion. I was referring to the uncharted territories that the Large Hadron Collider is 'wading' into. There is that great unknown factor that even respected nuclear physicists have expressed reservations about, when particle accelerators start smashing atoms into each other.

    One consolation, our demise will be superfast!
  21. AidenShaw macrumors P6


    Feb 8, 2003
    The Peninsula
    The LHC does not smash atoms.

    As the name might suggest, it smashes hadrons.


    (And, it's a large collider that smashes hadrons, not a collider that smashes large hadrons. Although that point is not so clear for Alice.)
  22. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
  23. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    I am truly glad and.....

    praise Apple for all the efforts to use clean energy. And for developing an enviromental conscience. Not being so cynic to talk about Greenpace....

  24. macs4nw macrumors 601


    "The term hadron refers to composite particles composed of quarks held together by the strong force (as atoms and molecules are held together by the electromagnetic force). The best-known hadrons are protons and neutrons; hadrons also include mesons such as the pion and kaon, which were discovered during cosmic ray experiments in the late 1940s and early 1950s." Source:

    Wow, picky, picky, about terminology. It smashes hadrons, which are sub-atomic particles. Even though I'm not a nuclear physicist, I suspect you got the gist of my post, but were just in the mood to pick an argument. Fine.

    Not sure what your last point is about, but the collider at CERN is officially refered to as the "Large Hadron Collider". I wasn't implying it smashes large hadrons.

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