Apple to power Siri and iCloud with the North Carolina sun
Apple is building the largest end user-owned solar installation in the US near its Maiden, North Carolina data center, whose servers process the information from Siri and house part of the iCloud service.
Apple has received the green light from Catawba County officials to re-purpose 171 acres of adjacent land into a photovoltaic farm, which will be part of the reasons for which the Maiden data center received LEED Platinum certification from the US government, the highest given to a server farm of this magnitude.
The solar array in Maiden will join the largest non-utility fuel cell installation powered by biogas in the US, which Apple has running near its Cupertino campus, both part of the company's renewable energy efforts. We are also seeing PV rooftops in the architect renders of Apple's futuristic "spaceship" headquarters building about that is to be operational in Cupertino soon.