Apple to Fund Solar Plant to Power Data Center in Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) said it will pay for construction of an 18-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant in northern Nevada to provide power for a data center the technology giant plans east of Reno.

The Fort Churchill Solar Array, to be built in Yerington, was included in a filing Monday by NV Energy (NYSE: NVE  ) with the Public Utilities Commission.

Apple announced plans last year to build the data center. The solar generating plant would be located in Lyon County, south of that facility. The solar plant proposal must be approved by state regulators, a process that could take several months.

In a statement, Apple said the solar project would provide renewable energy for the data center and add clean energy to the power grid.

"All of Apple's data centers use 100 percent renewable energy and we are on track to meet that goal in our new Reno data center using the latest in high-efficiency concentrating solar panels," the company said.

Once completed, the 137-acre solar array would generate about 43.5 million kilowatt hours of renewable power. The amount of fossil fuel saved by going solar would be equivalent to taking 6,400 vehicles off the road each year, company officials said.

The proposal is the first under a new program that allows electricity customers to buy more renewable energy than required under state portfolio standards.

"We're excited to be in partnership with Apple on a new solar energy project, the first project under our new Green Energy Program," NV Energy president and CEO Michael Yackira said in a statement.

Gov. Brian Sandoval hailed the project and the hundreds of jobs it will bring to Lyon County, which has the highest unemployment rate in the state.

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  • Report this Comment On July 05, 2013, at 8:19 PM, ThisIsUnReal wrote:

    That's great, that's also the latest "Pollock Joke"...

    Poland was all in gear to build a Nuclear energy plant, but they looked at Japan's current nuclear situation and considered Chernobyll and Three Mile Island and decided NOT TO!!!

    Pretty funny huh, Poland is the worlds most intelligent country now...

    Salt towers are the ultimate for inland desert regions, but Japan has one for the coastals... They pump freon down 2,000 feet into the ocean to make it liquid then up to the surface to make it a gas and use the heat of the gas to create the steam to drive the turbine... All natural physics to create electricity without emissions or waste material that can kill you for a thousand years...

    Huntington Beach Environs should consider that next time they try and block our desalination plant... stop trying to get rid of our electric plant, strike a deal to convert it to ocean tech production...

  • Report this Comment On July 05, 2013, at 8:27 PM, ThisIsUnReal wrote:

    AHHHHHHH... upon closing I caught that this is photovoltaic!!!!! AHHHHHHHH

    This is the problem with Liberals trying to protect our environment... They never get all the information before acting LOUDLY... they get a feeling and knee-jerk it into production... Then 30 years later, when we are all accustom to it, they remove it for being environmentally unfriendly!!!

    PHOTOVOLTAIC IS NOT GREEN!!!!!

    To produce the basic component "the solar chip" is so toxic to produce, that only China allows their people to do it!!! How green is that?!?

    Photovoltaic also draws and hold heat to the earth's surface... Comprende "Global warming"?

    Even though Global warming is natural, we don't need to potentially help it along by holding MORE HEAT on the surface!!!

    Salt Towers PLEASE!!!

    Primates... We've become the planet of the apes!!!

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