Apple and the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, recently announced how the iPhone giant plans to spend $2 billion building out a giant data center facility that will act as a command center for its global data center network. Located in Mesa, Arizona, this facility is one of the largest projects and investments that Apple has ever made and comes with benefits for the state as well, including 600 new engineering and construction jobs.
Conveniently for Apple, the 1.3 million square foot manufacturing facility that Apple plans to use for this endeavor was previously owned by solar panel marker First Solar – a company which develops ultra-strong sapphire glass for their panels. Apple also announced their considerations for using the material developed by First Solar for unbreakable touch screens in their new Apple products.
Apple also revealed how their data center facility will be powered completely by clean energy, including new solar plants developed with local utility Salt River Project. The solar plants will provide 70 MW of solar power for Apple, which is enough solar energy for 14,500 Arizonan homes.
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