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Computer giant to build US’s biggest data centre solar array

100 acre 20MW solar panel farm will power Apple’s operations

The 20MW plant will use solar panels to help power Apple’s operations
The 20MW plant will use solar panels to help power Apple’s operations

Computer giant Apple is planning on building the largest solar panel farm in the US, according to reports. The site is expected to be 100 acres.

The company aims to use the site in North Carolina to power its online operations. Once built, the 100-acre, 20MW facility will provide 42 million kWh of clean, renewable energy every year.

Reports say the company’s goal is "to run the Maiden facility with high percentage renewable energy mix, and has major projects under way to achieve this - including building the nation's largest end user-owned solar array.”

The Apple facility would be the largest solar array dedicated to data center operations, surpassing a 14 megawatt array being built to support the McGraw-Hill data center in East Windsor, New Jersey. Apple disclosed its renewable energy ambitions in Maiden in the company’s latest environmental report.