Apple, the same company that revolutionized computers, cell phones and music, is looking to do the same with clean, renewable energy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved sales of renewable energy by the tech giant Thursday, and the company’s electricity, produced by a solar energy farm in California, a solar farm outside Yerington in Nevada, and another solar project in Arizona, will be on the market Saturday.
The California solar farm produces about 130 megawatts, the Nevada solar project produces another 20 megawatts and the Arizona project 50 megawatts, enough for almost 100,000 homes.
“Apple uses clean energy to provide 100 percent of the power for its data centers in Nevada, California and around the world – but it still has energy left over. This has implications for everyone, but especially for companies and consumers in Nevada,” said Andy Maggi, executive director of the Nevada Conservation League Education Fund, a member of the RenewNV coalition launched this week to support clean energy in the Silver State. “This is another indicator that fossil fuels are on the way out. We know that other tech giants are making similar investments in Nevada and around the world. Our next challenge is to ensure utility companies and state regulators embrace innovation and these types of renewable energy initiatives at all scales.”