The iPhone of the Future Will Be Powered By Solar Farms

By Gerald Lynch on at

See that big glowing orb in the sky? Apple's investing $850 million in building a giant solar farm in Monterey, California to harvest its rays, with the energy produced powering Apple's new headquarters and the data centres that make up the backbone of the company's mobile ecosystem.

The 1,300-acre site will generate 130 megawatts of solar power for California, taking care of the energy concerns of Apple Campus 2, Apple's Newark data centre, 52 Californian Apple stores and numerous smaller offices. The 25 year deal is "the largest agreement in the industry" when it comes to providing power for a commercial end user, according to First Solar, the renewable energy specialists that Apple has partnered with for the project.

"We know at Apple that climate change is real," said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

"The time for talk has passed and the time for action is now.

"We're thrilled to continue on a course of doing things that make the world better than we found it."

Apple hasn't always seen eye-to-eye with with the eco-warriors at Greenpeace, but even it has been won over by Apple's latest commitment to green tech.

"It's one thing to talk about being 100 percent renewably powered, but it's quite another thing to make good on that commitment with the incredible speed and integrity that Apple has shown in the past two years," a Greenpeace in a statement.

"Apple still has work to do to reduce its environmental footprint, but other Fortune 500 CEOs would be well served to make a study of Tim Cook, whose actions show that he intends to take Apple full-speed ahead toward renewable energy with the urgency that our climate crisis demands."