The solar farm is capable of generating 20MW of electricity. Apple is building another, half as big again, nearby. Apple has said that the two solar facilities will generate most of the data centre’s power. “This means we will be producing enough onsite renewable energy — 124 million kWh — to power the equivalent of 10,874 homes,” Apple says.
Apple announced the 46,000 square meter cloud data centre in July. The thousands of solar panels used in the facility come from Californian company SunPower. They are mounted on tracking devices that follow the sun during the day.