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Apple Builds More Solar in NC, Reaches for ‘All Renewables’ Goal

July 11, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

apple energy manageApple’s 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report, covering fiscal year 2013, says the company’s goal is to power all Apple corporate offices, retail stores, and data centers entirely with energy from renewable sources – solar, wind, micro-hydro, and geothermal.

Earlier this week, Apple received permission from the City Council of Claremont, NC, to build a third solar array near its Maiden, NC, data center. Apple’s initial investment in the 100-acre, 17.5 MW solar farm is $55 million, according to the Hickory Record.

The new solar farm will be the third such installation to provide energy to the nearby data center.

The company’s environmental report states: “We’re investing in our own Apple onsite energy production, including solar, directed biogas fuel cells, and micro-hydro, as well as establishing relationships with third-party energy suppliers to source renewable energy.”

Apple’s sustainability report also states the company is building a new corporate building in Cupertino, Calif., that will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources.



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