Apple to Implement Solar Farm in N.C.

Thu, 2012-01-05 15:09

Known for their computers and portable electronics, Apple, Inc. has consistently sought to decrease its environmental impact through comprehensive green manufacturing to reduce carbon emissions. According to reports by the Charlotte Observer, Apple will continue its sustainability policies with preparation for a solar farm in Maiden, N.C. to power its recently opened data center. Permits issued by Catawba County show that Apple will reshape over 171 acres of vacant land, adjacent to their data center, for the project.

Plans for a solar farm come shortly after the introduction of iCloud, Apple’s first foray in cloud-based computing. Given the massive size of the data center, about 500,000 square feet, the implementation of solar panels will decrease reliance on coal and nuclear plants for power. Keeping with their environmental stance, engineering plans show that Apple will retain soil that it will move from its site into creeks and other areas. The plan, called “Project Dolphin Solar Farm A Expanded,” still remains relatively secretive, as most county officials were unaware of Apple’s plans outside of a staff engineer, who approved the erosion control permit. The Charlotte Observer even notes how Economic Development Corp Chief Scott Millar, who assisted in bringing Apple to Maiden, did not know about the plans for a solar farm.

Although the solar farm is still in its infancy stage (approval for a building permit is still pending), it is a continued step for Apple’s sustainability policies that span across its products and facilities. As companies begin implementing sustainable practices, Apple is paving the way for corporate sustainability. Given the immense carbon emissions generated by large corporations, it is important for companies like Apple to demonstrate the need for sustainability. If you would like to learn more about solar training or corporate responsibility, visit our Solar PV Associate, Solar PV Installer, Certified Sustainability Manager courses, where we cover these topics in depth.

By Peter J. Bock

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