Apple Adopts Carbon-Free Power For Database Operations

Apple, Inc., the tech world's innovation powerhouse, has spent the past few years bulking up its renewable energy sources in order to meet its ever-growing electrical needs. According to a report from Treehugger, a green living media source, the Cupertino-based company has achieved a number of its eco-friendly goals, including a drive to operate its vast database centers entirely on clean power.

Earlier this year, Apple released an in-house "environmental report" that outlined a number of its initiatives and detailed the steps it was taking to rein in its dependence on fossil fuels. For example, Apple's data center in Maiden, North Carolina, utilizes a photovoltaic (PV) solar array to generate 20 megawatts of electricity. At over 100 acres in size, this facility is necessary to power the billions of bytes of information that the company's users keep in the cloud. The Maiden plant also incorporates a specialized water system to reduce coolant costs and a white roof to encourage solar reflectivity.

"Our goal is to power every facility at Apple entirely with energy from renewable sources — solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal. So we're investing in our own onsite energy production, establishing relationships with suppliers to procure renewable energy off the grid, and reducing our energy needs even as our employee base grows," the company states on its official website.

Ultimately, Apple is aiming to produce 100 percent of its global electrical demand from clean energy sources. Given the fact that this ratio has risen from 35 percent in 2010 to 75 percent last year, the company clearly means business.

Through a mix of solar, wind and geothermal resources, Apple has made great strides toward becoming a truly green company. Hopefully, other businesses will take this cue and make eco-friendly investments of their own. 

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