According to the “Mercury News” (http://macte.ch/nYsYK),a regulatory filing has revealed that Apple’s massive solar farm at its new data center in Maiden, North Carolina, will use solar panels from San Jose, California-based energy company, SunPower.
The solar farm will be built in phases and could begin delivering electricity to the grid as early as October. “Each of the photovoltaic installations will consist of multiple SunPower E20 435-watt photovoltaic modules on ground-mounted single axis tracking systems,” the filing states.
Last month it was reported that Apple’s North Carolina data center will be powered by the nation’s largest end-user-owned solar array. The facility, which is being constructed in Maiden, N.C., has been awarded LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the company said in its latest “Apple and the Environment” report (http://www.apple.com/environment/).
“We know of no other data center of comparable size that has achieved this level of LEED certification,” the company said in its report. “Our goal is to run the Maiden facility with high percentage renewable energy mix.”