In response to on-going environmental group pressure Apple has decided to go Green. Making it a Green Apple. After years of persecution from groups like Greenpeace (an irony in itself given that many of Greenpeace’s dread-lock-sporting, bored-surbubanite-desperately-looking-for-a-cause Macbook owners) Apple is finally bending to group will and greening one of its largest facilities.
Apple’s data center in Maiden, NC is getting an eco-chic makeover with the largest set of end user-owned, on-site solar arrays in the country. This is in addition to its previous white cool-roof and LEED Platinum certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council, a level unparalleled by any other comparably-sized data center in the U.S notes Apple. Uh — and what was Greenpeace upset about again? The solar-reflective roof deflects much of the facilities cooling needs, a factor reduced again by their chilled-water storage system that allows for the offset of 10,400 kWh of electricity consumption to be transferred from peak to off-peak hours.
In addition to the solar array Apple also has plans in the works for a 20-megawatt renewable energy facility on the 100 acres surrounding the data center. On a personal note, I personally love this ‘that’ll-shut-em-up’ plan. The surrounding renewable energy facility will produce 42million kWh annually.
Perhaps Greenpeace still has their panties in a wad though because Apple still hasn’t announced the supposed date that these new green changes will come online.
Greenpeace, and other enviro-groups re-focused Apple in their cross hairs after Apple’s recently-released report detailing their commitment to environmental excellence. The report detailed the environmental impact of Apple’s worldwide facilities, and included its retail stores, R&D facilities and operations and data centers. The included figures however are a mere ripple compared to the production, transport, use and recycling (or lack thereof) of its products says enviro groups.
One has to wonder though, can you blame a brand for following consumer demand for the production, transport, use and recycling of its products that are sold around the globe in tens of thousands of locations worldwide.
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