Apple’s image in terms of social responsibility and environmental friendliness is not as pristine as its reputation with geeks is because of reports on the conditions offered to factory workers in China and the company’s poor recycling record.
However, Venture Beat reports that the company’s new facilities report reveals its data center in Maiden, North Carolina will run on solar power.
The center was designed to be energy efficient, thanks to its white-cool roof, the use of outside air to cool the facility at night and power monitoring. Now it will receive a solar array to help the facility go partially off-grid. The solar panels will generate 42 million kWh of alternative energy per year, Apple said. The building has also been LEED Platinum certified.
Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.