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  • Apple Acquires Hydroelectric Green Energy Project near its Oregon Data Center


    Apple is expanding its use of clean energy to power its iCloud data centers, with the company’s Prineville, Oregon facility now flanked by a small hydroelectric project acquired by the iPhone maker. The company’s recent purchase was revealed by The Oregonian, which noted that initial proposals for the project indicated it would generate between 3 and 5 megawatts, which is enough to power 2,000 to 3,500 homes, but still only a tiny amount of the power Apple will need to run the facility.

    The 45-mile project is located near Haystack Reservoir in a Jefferson County irrigation canal about 20 miles from Prineville. The price Apple paid for the project remains unknown but the previous owner, EBD Hydro, reportedly secured roughly $8.5 million in federal loans and grants to help finance it.

    Apple’s Oregon data center already utilizes wind energy as does its California center. The Cupertino California company also relies on the largest privately owned solar farm in the country for its Maiden, N.C, operation, while its upcoming Nevada center will utilize solar and geothermal energy.

    For those of you who didn’t already know, Apple began construction of the Prineville facility in October of 2012, clearing and flattening the land where the two 338,000 square-foot buildings would eventually stand. Land preparation and construction are thought to have cost Apple around $68 million. This included server hardware, construction costs and labor costs. The facility is expected to cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars, perhaps billions. Furthermore, it was revealed that Apple was looking to double the size of its Oregon data center as the company was looking to purchase more land at a nearby location that would house a second structure of equal size last September.

    Source: The Oregonian
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Acquires Hydroelectric Green Energy Project near its Oregon Data Center started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Big brother is seriously watching..
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by Akshay Masand View Post
      The price Apple paid for the project remains unknown but the previous owner, EBD Hydro, reportedly secured roughly $8.5 million in federal loans and grants to help finance it.
      Lovely. If Apple takes this thing private, I hope they plan on paying us back for the free money used to help build it...