Solar Power Added to Apple Data Center

January 15, 2014 By William Opalka

solarApple has added to its portfolio of green energy sources for its complex of data centers and other facilities nationwide.

The latest is a solar array Central Oregon on 200 acres adjacent to its new data center in Prineville. The solar array is eligible for property tax exemptions under a state enterprise zones program, reports The Oregonian.

Those tax savings are worth tens of millions of dollars a year to a large data center, exceeding the considerable power bill these tremendous facilities generate.

A year ago, apple said it planned to use renewable resources, as it does in other data centers.

Its 338,000-square-foot Prineville facility began construction in 2012 and is nearing completion.

Apple’s solar array in Prineville would apparently mirror a 20-MW solar array that opened in 2012 adjacent to Apple’s data center in North Carolina.

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