Apple aims to become greener with 20 MW solar array

Apple is boosting its green credentials with the installation of a 20 MW solar array at its new North Carolina data centre.

According to the company’s 2012 Facilities Report, the Maiden data centre in North Carolina has achieved platinum LEED certification because of its high level of energy efficiency – the only data centre of this size to do so.

In addition to the raft of efficiency measures, like a chilled water storage system, outside air cooling, a white cool roof design and LED lighting, Apple is also installing an onsite 20 MW solar facility to supply 42 million kWh of electricity annually.

The data centre will also feature what Apple claims is the largest non-utility fuel cell installation. When completed later this year, the 5 MW facility powered by biogas will generate over 40 million kWh of power every year.

The efforts are part of Apple’s ongoing goal of making its worldwide corporate facilities net zero energy. Already its facilities in Cork, Munich, Austin and Elk Grove in California use 100% renewable energy resources.

But Apple was excluded from Greenpeace’s Cool IT leaderboard earlier this year for its poor environmental record.

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22 February 2012