Archive for April 14th, 2014

by Tom Nelson

No, as fun as it would be for Apple to start selling micro-hydroelectric systems, there will be no iDam in our future. Apple’s interest in purchasing a small hydroelectric facility near the Haystack Reservoir is to help provide renewable energy to the Prineville, Oregon data center currently under development.


Apple Data Center, Prineville, Or – Image courtesy of Google and Europa Technologies

Apple is already powering the new data center with renewable energy in the form of wind energy contracts from suppliers in the area. But Apple has also indicated that its plans are for the site to be 100%-powered by renewable energy sources. To that end, Apple plans to build a 200-acre solar farm on nearby land in Prineville.

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