Apple to power Siri and iCloud with the North Carolina sun

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.

source: TUAW

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17 Comments

1. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Cool.

14. G2Noobin

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

As a die hard apple hater.... I have to say this is ef'in awesome idea.... PROPS!!! I still dislike your OS but LOVE this Idea!!!

2. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

thats going to be a nice setup when its all said and done

3. ilia1986 unregistered

Oh great.. Apple is taking over the sun now.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMxVBY70dPU

15. G2Noobin

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

LMAO.... sh*t i didn't think of that.... rotflmao!!

4. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

And, on those iCloudy and raiNy days users will just have to go back to iWiFi (like they're used to). Interesting, though, how Apple is concerned more with global Environment than with Humanity (in China). There must be some sort of BIG iTax break.

5. bunbury3

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

damn Hate HAte HAte its all i can hear...

7. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Seriously... your posts are becoming unreadable (iUnrEAdabLE)! Chill with the iHate and iTrolling =P

9. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

interesting how you're more concerned with apple articles than android on a daily basis... There must be some sort of BIG insecurity.

6. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

you know i bet if Google did this instead of apple the above trolls would be saying wow look at how great Google is. Then go on to say this is why i like Google and not apple.

8. bunbury3

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

this is PAPINYC "Apple is more concerned on Global Enviroment than Humanity" YOU ARE A TROLL.

10. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Actually, iWrote, "Apple is concerned more with global Environment than with Humanity (in China)." ♥

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

im actually surprised they didnt go with wind power or a blend of both to cut back on the amount of acreage that solar farms use and reduce its environmental impact.

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Wind isn't as reliable of a source though. The sun shines a lot more than wind blows. Also it could be due to the lack of wind in that area possibly that could make Wind not a good source of clean energy.

13. iBeliever

Posts: 33; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

Wow this is good for the environment not bad. I knew the trolls would somehow find this to be a bad thing.

16. G2Noobin

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Did a whole project on solar.... THIS IS DEFINITELY A SUSTAINABLE AND GOOD IDEA... THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE 95% EFFICIENCY OFF TODAYS SOLAR CELLS FOR 25 YEARS.... I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY EVERYONE ISN'T DOING THIS... AS A DIEHARD FANDROID .... I WILL HAVE TO DISAGREE WITH YOU REMIXFA (A FIRST PROB LAST) ON THE BASE THAT THE LAND USED IS STILL BETTER THAN A EQUALLY LARGE OIL REFINERY OR COAL PLANT!

17. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

It's a great idea. Hope they don't get patents like "searches processed by machines powered by the sun", or as the heading funnily states, from the "North Carolina sun".

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