1. San Jose's SunPower to provide solar panels for Apple's new data center

    San Jose's SunPower to provide solar panels for Apple's new data center

    San Jose-based SunPower (SPWRA) has landed a plum contract: Its solar panels will generate electricity for Apple's (AAPL) massive new data center in Maiden, N.C., according to a filing with regulators in that state. Apple has said renewable energy--solar panels and fuels cells--will power a "high percentage" of the data center's overall electricity needs, leading to speculation in Silicon Valley's clean tech industry about who its technology partners are. "Apple is building the nation's largest end user-owned, onsite solar array on the land surrounding the data center," the company said in its recently released 7-page facilities report. "When completed, this 100-acre, 20-megawatt facility will supply 42 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy annually." One megawatt is enough to power 750 to 1,000 homes. But because the sun doesn't shine all the time, solar industry experts say, 1 megawatt of solar power capacity is ...

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