Apple has broken ground on a brand-new data center in Prineville, Oregon — one that the company is billing as even more environmentally friendly than the Maiden, North Carolina, facility that powers its iCloud.
When the Maiden complex is completed, it will have biogas fuel-cell plant and a massive solar array that will collectively generate 12 megawatts of energy, or 60 percent of the data center’s requirements. But the plans for Prineville are even more ambitious. Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said that Maiden will soon be “the greenest data center ever built, and it will be joined next year by our new facility in Oregon running on 100 percent renewable energy.”
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