Apple Goes Green in Reno

Apple has unveiled plans to build a solar farm in Reno, not far from their latest data centre.

The company already has two similar solar-panel projects in North Carolina but this is the first for the state of Nevada.

In conjunction with NV Energy, the 20 megawatt farm will not only utilise panelling but solar mirror’s which are capable of magnifying the energy collected up to seven times more effectively than panels alone.

When completed the farm will generate 43.5 kilowatts of clean energy every hour, equivalent to taking 6,400 vehicles off the road every year, and provide power to the local energy grid.

A report released by Apple explains that the farm is to be funded by the green tariff, which was introduced into the state earlier this year, and enables NV Energy to purchase the farm in the future.

The project is to be built by SunPower, the company responsible for Apple’s solar plant in North Carolina.

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I took an interest in the Australian energy sector close to ten years ago and since then have monitored the trends, technologies and direction of the Australian Energy Market. I was drawn to the Australian solar market in 2008 and since then have worked heavily in the field. I am partnered with national and international solar energy companies, from manufacturers of solar panel and inverter technology, online software developers that introduce tools to quote, monitor and manage solar power systems and media organisations who like myself, closely monitor the solar and renewable energy sector.

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