Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Apple teaming with Leaf Solar Power on datacenter solar farm

updated 02:30 pm EST, Tue November 8, 2011

US firm to set up Apple solar grid

The supplier behind Apple's solar energy farm has already been identified in a scoop on Tuesday. An investigation by AppleInsider has identified Lake Worth, Florida-based Leaf Solar Power as being the contractor for the Maiden, North Carolina server hub. It has normally focused on home and small business projects, but it's believed to be expanding to powering projects as large as a 17MW Arizona solar farm and a 300MW "world-class" factory.

Leaf wouldn't comment on the story.

The choice of Leaf may be partly political for Apple. It would see the company not only use renewable power for the center powering iCloud and iTunes but choose a US-based provider. Much recent solar development has been sourced from Chinese companies like Huawei; Apple's decision would lead to a high-profile American solar deployment. It might also help address concerns about ethical labor.

Apple has already made a point of saying that its Austin, Cork, and Sacramento offices use completely renewable energy. Its future solar site, directly across from the North Carolina center, would be significant in tackling a very power-hungry location and proving that a mission-critical building can survive without separate power.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Dell AD211 Bluetooth speaker

For all of the high-priced, over-engineered Bluetooth speakers in the electronics market, there is still room for mass-market solution ...

VisionTek 128GB USB Pocket SSD

USB flash drives dealt the death blow to both the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, sp ...

Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens Camera

Smartphone imagery still widely varies. Large Megapixel counts don't make for a good image, and the optics in some devices are lacking ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News