This is Apple’s new data center in Maiden, North Carolina. Unlike most power-hungry centers, this won’t be gobbling up energy from the grid: it’s going to be powered by the sun. If you can’t get your products made 100 per cent ethically, at least you can try and be eco-friendly, right?
In fact, the building actually has two power sources: a giant 100-acre, 20-megawatt solar array on the surrounding land, which will be joined later this year by a 5-megawatt fuel cell system. Apple claims that the fuel cell system is the largest non-utility installation in the world. When you’re rich, you can do that kind of thing.