Apple has announced that to support its data center in Maiden, North Carolina, it is building the nation's largest end user-owned solar array.
Our new data center in Maiden, North Carolina, demonstrates our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our facilities through energy-efficient, green building design. The facility has earned the coveted LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. We know of no other data center of comparable size that has achieved this level of LEED certification. Our goal is to run the Maiden facility with high percentage renewable energy mix, and we have major projects under way to achieve this - including building the nation's largest end user-owned solar array and building the largest nonutility fuel cell installation in the United States.
The news comes via a report on Apple's environmental footprint. In October, permits issued by Catawba County show that Apple had been approved to reshape the slope of some of the 171 acres of vacant land it owns on Startown Road, opposite the data center, in preparation of building a solar farm.
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