Apple to build solar energy plant to power data center

Apple will pay for construction of an 18-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy plant in northern Nevada to provide power for a data center the technology plans east of Reno.

The Fort Churchill Solar Array, to be built in Yerington, was included in a filing Monday by NV Energy Inc. with the Public Utilities Commission.
Apple announced plans last year to build the data center. The solar generating plant would be located in Lyon County, south of that facility. The solar plant proposal must be approved by state regulators, a process that could take several months.
Apple said the solar power project would provide renewable energy for the data center and add clean energy to the power grid.