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By Good News Network Saturday, February 25, 2012
The world's most valuable company, Apple, has announced plans to build America’s largest private onsite solar array at their North Carolina data center.
Apple’s data center in Maiden is already one of the most energy-efficient of its kind, earning a coveted LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Add to this their plans to add on the largest nonutility fuel cell installation in the United States, and you see their environmental commitment in full fruition.
The new 20-megawatt solar array will cover 100-acres and supply 42 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy to the data center every year. The fuel cell installation will be powered by 100 percent biogas and provide more than 40 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually.
Additionally, the construction processes utilized 14 percent recycled materials, diverted 93 percent of construction waste from landfills, and sourced 41 percent of purchased materials within 500 miles of the site, according the Apple.
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