Apple wants Prineville facility to LEED its green efforts

Apple and its CEO Tim Cook believe the company's Prineville data center can serve as an exemplary environmental operation.
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Apple and its CEO Tim Cook believe the company's Prineville data center can serve as an exemplary environmental operation.

Apple Inc. said last week it will strive to add several top-end environmental features to its Prineville data center.

If it succeeds, the facility would achieve “platinum” status from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design group.

The computing giant, in its “Apple and the Environment” report, revealed it wants the Prineville facility to emulate its center in Maiden, N.C. That data facility features:

  • A chilled water storage system that improves chiller efficiency by transferring more than 10,000 kilowatts of electricity consumption from peak to off-peak hours each day
  • “Free” outside air cooling that’s transmitted through a waterside economizer operation during night and cool-weather hours. The system helps allow chillers to be turned off more than 75 percent of the time.
  • Power distributed at higher voltages, which reduces power losses by increasing efficiency.
  • A white “cool-roof” design that provides “maximum solar reflectivity.”
  • High-efficiency LED lighting combined with motion sensors.
  • Construction processes that, according to Apple, “utilized 14 percent recycled materials, diverted 93 percent of construction waste from landfills, and sourced 41 percent of purchased materials within 500 miles of the site.”

Apple's Prineville location is under construction.

Apple, in its report, noted that its Oregon locale allows it to purchase renewable energy through the Direct Access program. Apple is using this program to use wind, hyrdro, solar and geothermal power as opposed to traditional grid forms.

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