• Apple Computers to build solar project in south Monterey County

    First Solar, Inc. and Apple Computers today announced that Apple has committed $848 million for clean energy from First Solar’s California Flats Solar Project in Cholame, in southeastern Monterey County.

    The 2,900-acre solar farm project will occupy three percent of a property owned by Hearst Corporation.

    Construction is set to begin in 2015 and should be completed by the end of 2016.

    Apple will receive electricity from 130 megawatts (MW)AC of the solar project under a 25-year power purchase agreement, the largest agreement in the industry to provide clean energy to a commercial end user. The output of the remaining 150MW of the project will be sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a separate long-term power purchase agreement. It’s enough to power 60,000 homes as well as Apple’s future head office in nearby Cupertino, Apple CEO Tim Cook said at a Goldman Sachs technology conference in San Francisco.

    Apple already powers all of its data centers with renewable energy.

    The Monterey County Planning Commission unanimously approved the California Flats Solar Project in January and sent the project to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, which will consider final approval of the project Tuesday and is likely to approve it.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook, announcing the project at a conference Tuesday in San Francisco, said Apple is concerned about the threat of climate change.

    “We know in Apple that climate change is real. The time for talk is passed,” Cook said. “The time for action is now.”

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 10, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News

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