Apple eyes Reno park designed for 440 MW on-site power

Apple aims to build a $1bn data centre in Nevada, US, at a technology park intended to feature 300 MW of on-site gas-fired power plus 140 MW in on-site renewables.

Steve Polikalas, a developer of the Reno Technology Park told Wired that Apple is slated to be the campus’s first tenant but other large companies would also be brought in.

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An Apple spokeswoman earlier told the Reno Gazette-Journal of a planned investment of $1bn at the park over 10 years.

“If approved, this project would expand our presence in Nevada and create hundreds of construction jobs over the next year, plus permanent jobs at the data centre which will add to our existing total of nearly 400 employees in the state,” she said.

KC Mares, a partner in Reno Technology Park, has said the planned facility would offer on-site power from our own power plant ‘from day one’.

‘Two large natural gas transmission lines run through the property,’ he said. ‘We are going through the design and permitting for a 300 MW natural gas power plant on the campus. We also are in negotiations to buy a natural gas power plant that is adjacent to the property.’

On-site renewables capacity is planned to include 100 MW of wind power, 20 MW in PV panels and up to 20 MW of geothermal energy.

Like other leading web companies, Apple is now building its own computing facilities to keep pace with internet traffic. The new data centre in Sparks, near Reno, would house online services such as the iTunes Store, the App Store, and its iCloud data storage and synching services.

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