Apple is planning to build a massive solar array near its Reno, Nevada, data center that will eventually be used to power the facility. Cupertino is building the array in conjunction with NV Energy, the utility company for the region, according to a report from All Things D.
The project is in line with Apple's continued efforts to power their facilities with renewable energy. If you recall, the company announced plans to build a similar solar farm in Maiden, North Carolina, to power another data center. The facility will join others, like the manufacturing site in Cork, Ireland (powered completely by wind) that are powered entirely by renewable energy.
In a statement on the matter, Apple said all of their data centers use 100 percent renewable energy and the new Reno data center is on track to meet that goal. In addition to supplying energy for the data center, Apple said they will also provide clean energy to the local power grid through a first of its kind partnership with NV Energy.
The solar farm will encompass 137 acres and generate roughly 43.5 million kilowatt hours of clean energy. It's the equivalent to taking 6,400 passenger vehicles off the road per year, Apple noted. What's more, the facility is expected to directly and indirectly create some 1,000 new jobs in and around Washoe County and over the course of 10 years, result in $24.1 million in direct and indirect revenue for Nevada.