The San Jose Mercury News unveiled Apple’s energy supplier for the data center in North Carolina, which is expected to begin its activity somewhere around October, when the solar farm’s build will be accomplished. According to the journal, the San Jose-based Sun Power (SPWRA) won the deal with Apple and will provide the necessary sun panels.
Apple aims to use at least 14 photovoltaic installations that will provide a considerable amount of the data center’s overall energy needs, as the company claimed in its environmental report released one month ago:
”When completed, this 100-acre, 20-megawatt facility will supply 42 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy annually.”
But Apple fail to specify how many energy the huge data center needs to run its servers. Greenpeace estimates that only 9.8 percent of the overall needs will be covered by the solar farm while the rest 90 percent ought to come from Duke Energy, the only energy supplier in that region, which uses mostly coal to generate electricity.
The Maiden, N.C. data center supports the iTunes and the iCloud services and there’s no doubt that for these services’ servers to run a lot of fuel is required, so Greenpeace might be right. Meanwhile, Apple started a new”green” project in Prineville, Oregon.