Behold Apple’s massive solar farm from the sky [photos]

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I did an interview with North Carolina’s TV Station WCNC-TV this morning about the data center cluster in their state. After the interview they kindly sent me these aerial video stills that they took from a plane above Apple’s solar farm, next to its data center in the city of Maiden.

As you can see, the solar panel farm is getting close to completion — this is what it looked like in early August when Wired commissioned those aerial photos. There’s a lot more panels installed on the field now. When done this first solar farm will stretch across 100 acres and generate 20 MW. Apple is also building another 20 MW solar farm near by.

The solar panels and trackers come from California’s SunPower (s SPRWA). SunPower makes higher efficiency solar panels, which are placed on trackers that follow the sun throughout the day.

Images courtesy of WCNC-TV.

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Jai Conley

Now they can turn their attention to cleaning up their manufacturing ethics for the wage slaves in China who get poisoned building their technology and persecuted for trying to do something about it

Chuck

It is hard to satisfy everyone, there could be a rain storm of gold and someone would complain.

Jim Thomas

Apple should have hired NC’s own Sunenergy1 to provide and install this farm and kept the money in NC. Not sure the economics of the installation make sense even with incentives so would have to assume it’s for publicity and to make Apple look green. But you folks keep buying those iPhones and iPads made in China.

Stefan Weiss

They used American made California’s SunPower who makes higher efficiency solar panels, which are placed on trackers that follow the sun throughout the day.

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