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Apple Commits To 100% Renewable Energy Sources for NC Data Center 108

judgecorp writes "Stung by continued criticism from Greenpeace and protests at Apple's headquarters over its use of electricity from non-renewable sources, Apple has promised that its data center in Maiden, North Carolina will use 100 percent renewable electricity, 60 percent of it generated by Apple itself. The update is possible because it is building a second giant solar array, and because its data center only needs 20MW at full capacity, instead of the 100MW which Greenpeace had estimated."
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Apple Commits To 100% Renewable Energy Sources for NC Data Center

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  • North Carolina (Score:3, Informative)

    by cosm ( 1072588 ) <thecosm3@gm[ ].com ['ail' in gap]> on Saturday May 19, 2012 @11:36AM (#40051407)
    I live in Raleigh, NC, and for those who have a jaundiced perspective of the south I would like to say that this region is booming in terms of technology-centric business. We have research triangle park with many large corps, labs, data-centers, and rising businesses. We get many migrants from silicon valley who come this way for the better tax benefits and all that jazz. It's a beautiful state. Moving here from Illinois has been great for me and my family.

    We also get many business from the DC beltline area and the Virginia tech-sector as well, so there's a lot of growth here in that regard. With the ocean on our east coast and Appalachia on the west, it's a pretty sweet state. Of course there are your stereotypical types, your poor areas, your up-close-and-personal political issues, corruption, et al, but compared to some of our neighboring states down here NC has a very modern feel (SC I'm looking at you!). "North Carina is best Carina!" as some like to say :) Anecdotal, of course, but if you're looking for a city to move to in the south, The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area has its benefits.
  • Re:Lesson learned (Score:4, Informative)

    by biodata ( 1981610 ) on Saturday May 19, 2012 @12:06PM (#40051587)
    'Fiscal sense' got us in the shit in the first place.
  • Re:foo (Score:5, Informative)

    by dkf ( 304284 ) <> on Saturday May 19, 2012 @12:35PM (#40051833) Homepage

    In Apple's case they are attempting to use waste gas coming from a landfill which is mostly methane. It's not renewable per se but much greener than drilling.

    It's enormously better than the alternatives. The landfill is producing methane gas anyway (dumping organic matter tends to make that happen) so it's not like it is being specially produced. What's more, methane is a hugely more powerful gas than carbon dioxide when it comes to generating global warming; it's far more efficient at trapping heat itself, it catalyzes the generation of ozone in the atmosphere (itself a heat-trapping gas, as well as otherwise general Bad News when in the troposphere) and eventually it breaks down all the way to CO2 anyway. Far better to burn the methane that would have been otherwise vented and get some useful power out of it than just about any other alternative you can think of (and the second best alternative is actually to just burn that methane as it is produced). Of course, if it was possible to prevent the formation of the methane in the first place then that would potentially be better still, but that's not a realistic option.

    In short, whether or not you consider it a renewable option is moot; it's definitely the green option.

  • Re:But... (Score:5, Informative)

    by MtHuurne ( 602934 ) on Saturday May 19, 2012 @12:41PM (#40051891) Homepage

    I might be feeding a troll here, but I did a quick search and found this []. Depending on the type of cell and the manufacturing process and where the panels will be deployed, somewhere between 1 and 3 years, while panels typically come with a 20 year warranty and will likely last 30 to 40 years. That study is from 2000, manufacturing may have become more efficient since then.

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