Solar + fuel cell Project Dolphin energy project gets its fins
Sometimes it is really difficult to tell whether Apple’s plodding along or moving at something close to the speed of light. Then again, with everything we know about the Cupertino, California-based Mac, iPhone and iPad maker, they probably represent a whole new field physics.
Last Fall, it was rumored that Apple had begun development, if only the paperwork, of a long expected solar array adjacent to the company’s massive $1 billion iCloud data center in Maiden, North Carolina. And, not just that, the facility has been awarded the highest level green certification available.
“We know of no other data center of comparable size that has achieved this level of LEED certification,” said the company in their annual environment report. “Our goal is to run the Maiden facility with high percentage renewable energy mix.”
When realized Project Dolphin will be the largest non-utility fuel cell installation and largest user-owned solar farm in the US. In typical Apple fashion — boom — they own the space.
Little else is known about the planned facility other than Apple owns 171 acres adjacent to its NC data center and that local permits, which provide no additional detail, have been issued for construction.
A number of Apple facilities in California, Texas, Ireland, and Germany run completely on renewable energy.