Oregon to see 100 percent renewable data center

Monday, April 30, 2012 @ 09:04 AM
posted by rene5432

Some internet companies took a hit to their reputation recently with the release of a report charging that many rely largely on coal-fired power plants.

But Wired reports that Apple, one of the companies particularly targeted by the report from Greenpeace, announced recently that it already plans to build a new data center in Oregon that will run entirely on renewable electricity.

Apple has yet to make clear what kind of green energy sources will be used to power the new data center, but another new facility in North Carolina has already been set up using large-scale solar power installations and a biogas fuel cell.

According to Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet, the data center in Maiden, North Carolina, will soon be "the greenest data center ever built, and it will be joined next year by our new facility in Oregon running on 100 percent renewable energy."

KTVZ reports that Apple will be spending as much as $250 million on the new facility and notes that the company's agreement depends upon using purely renewable electricity. Recent growth in cloud computing has required the rapid creation of new data centers that might not use as much clean energy.

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