Apple’s data center in Maiden, North Carolina, will draw about 20 megawatts of power at full capacity. We’ll be producing an unprecedented 60 percent of this power onsite. To do that, we’re building what will be the nation’s largest private solar arrays and the largest non-utility fuel cell installation operating anywhere in the country.
The energy from these solar and fuel cell installations will be registered with the North Carolina Renewable Energy Tracking System (NC-RETS) established by the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
And for the rest of the power required, Apple adds:
While we’ll produce 60 percent of the power used by our Maiden data center onsite, we’ll meet the remaining 40 percent of our energy needs by directly purchasing clean, renewable energy generated by local and regional sources.
The types of energy at other data centers (in Newark CA and planned in Prinville OR) were also addressed by Apple’s Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer in a telephone interview.
While Apple’s California data center doesn’t generate power on-site, it will use only renewable sources by February 2013, he said. The Oregon facility will open using only renewable energy.”