1. Akshay Masand's Avatar

    Apple’s recent solar power deal, which was announced by CEO Tim Cook this week, is a long-term sustainable energy solution which should generate enough to power all of Apple’s operations in California including the upcoming “spaceship” Campus 2 by the end of 2016. The green energy will be purchased from First Solar, Inc. through an $848 million agreement that will last at least 25 years, making it the largest of its kind in the industry. First Solar is said to provide electricity through its upcoming 2,900-acre California Flats Solar Project in Monterey County, California.

    Overall, the solar plant is sad to output 280 megawatts of electricity, 130 megawatts of which will be bought by Apple. The remaining 150 megawatt capacity is said to be sold to Pacific Gas and Electric under a separate long-term power purchase agreement. As of right now, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors still have to approve the project but everyone expects it to pass as the facility already received the green light signal from the Monterey County Planning Commission. If everything goes as planned, the construction for the project will begin in the middle of 2015 and will be completed by the end of 2016.

    The Chief Commercial Officer for First Solar, Joe Kishkill, had the following to say regarding the project:

    Apple is leading the way in addressing climate change by showing how large companies can serve their operations with 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Apple's commitment was instrumental in making this project possible and will significantly increase the supply of solar power in California. Over time, the renewable energy from California Flats will provide cost savings over alternative sources of energy as well as substantially lower environmental impact.
    For those of you who didn’t know, Cook previously said that Apple will be buying enough electricity to power nearly 60,000 homes in California. The number is enough to offset the electricity used by Apple’s upcoming Campus 2 as well as all 52 of the Apple retail stores in the state of California as well as its data center in Newark. The Apple CEO made it clear that climate change is an issue that the company takes very seriously, hence the move to take lead on renewable and sustainable energy. Cook also noted to investors that the agreement makes good financial sense as well as the $848 million deal results in “very significant savings” on the cost of energy.

    We’ll have to see how things pan out for the project as well as the impact the move has on Apple as a company and the investors backing the company.

    Source: AppleInsider

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2015-02-13 12:03 AM
  2. mwhite67's Avatar
    My theory on this is that Apple is working to make their campus completely self contained so that when the apocalypse comes they can use the spaceship as a walled fortress.
    2015-02-13 06:28 AM
  3. Jahooba's Avatar
    "Green" energy is a scam. Just look at that picture! How many trees did they knock down to put that up? How much coal and fossil fuels needed to burn in order to run the factories that smelted the glass and built the electronics in those solar panels? The people that work at that factory all drive cars to work. Who built the factory? What about the metal frames that hold the solar panels up? How much energy did it take to melt the metal? How much gasoline did it take to ship all that glass and metal to the construction site? All those construction workers drive to work. How much gasoline did it take to power the bulldozers for months on end to clear out that forest? How many years before all those solar panels need to be replaced? Is it subsidized by the government? Is that YOUR tax payer money being funneled into these "green" energy companies?

    "Green" is simply a marketing/ political scam designed to separate the people from their money while making them feel good about it. Al Gore made billions off of this scam, and all his friends own stock in these alternative power companies.

    Solar power especially wasteful! Wind power from turbines isn't nearly as bad for the environment, as long as you don't care about thousands of dead birds.
    2015-02-13 07:10 AM
  4. JollyRogger's Avatar
    Solar panels typically last at least 25 years and generally take about 10 years to become profitable. As solar becomes more popular the the cost per unit is coming down all the time. Graphene is also set to improve solar panel output.
    The sun will always shine and it makes absolute sense to convert it into electricity which is something we all need.

    Give it time and we'll all be driving electric veichles or even Hydrogen powered veichles that use solar electricity to extract the hydrogen from water in our garages at home and we swap the hydrogen fuel cell out each day or so.

    Green is good and will change the way we create energy.

    Last edited by JollyRogger; 2015-02-13 at 12:23 PM.
    2015-02-13 12:18 PM
  5. steve-z17's Avatar
    The point isn't that they used all those different methods to get everything built (how else were they going to get it done..?) the point is that they'll be using solar energy instead of the other methods when they're up and running. That leads to less pollution and usage valuable resources.
    2015-02-13 07:16 PM
  6. bigboyz's Avatar
    ^^ +1
    2015-02-13 07:21 PM
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