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Apple to Power Data Centres with Renewable Energy

 

Apple has announced plans to power its main data centre in North Carolina entirely with renewable energy by the end of 2012, Reuters has reported.

The announcement comes after long-lasting environmental concerns by Greenpeace about Apple’s rapid expansion of high-consuming computer server farms in the US.  Greenpeace activists drew significant attention last week on Apple’s use of coal at the data centre that powers its iCloud.

The maker of the iPhone and the iPad confirmed on Thursday that it was buying equipment from SunPower Corp and startup Bloom Energy to build two solar array installations near its core data centre in North Carolina. The sites will employ high-efficiency solar cells and an advanced solar tracking system.

“Apple’s announcement today is a great sign that Apple is taking seriously the hundreds of thousands of its customers who have asked for an iCloud powered by clean energy, not dirty coal.” said Greenpeace International Senior IT Analyst Gary Cook.

The solar farm is expected to supply 84 million kWh of energy annually and it will cover 250 acres of land around Apple’s main data centre.

“The plan we are releasing today includes two solar farms and together they will be twice as big as we previously announced, thanks to the purchase of some land very near to the data centre in Maiden, which will help us meet this goal.” Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer told Reuters.

Mr Oppenheimer outlined company’s ambition to continue its environmental approach along with its expansion in services and provide sustainable development for its products.

“Our next facility will be in Prineville, Oregon. This is still in the planning stages and we have already identified plenty of renewable sources nearby,” Oppenheimer said.

What is your reaction to the decision by Apple to power its main data centres with 100% renewable energy? Do you think that other high-tech companies will follow its environmental approach? Share your thought with us by leaving a comment below: 

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Mitch talks about training as an electrician

Mitch Coles is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Mitch to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Mitch’s interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Stuart talks about his plumbing course and work experience

Stuart Bagnall is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Stuart to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Stuart’s interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

 

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Steve talks about his plumbing business

Steve Hills is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Steve to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Steve’s interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Make sure you visit Steve’s plumbing website at www.stevesplumbingsolutions.co.uk

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Phillip talks about his plumbing course

Phillip Magrath is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Phillip to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Phillip’s interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Train4TradeSkills Blasts into Social Media

If you are a regular visitor of Train4TradeSkills News (and let’s be frank, you should be) then you will know all about where Train4TradeSkills is on social media, and how you can visit our pages on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube and Foursquare etc.

But up until now, you couldn’t listen to the latest T4TS Radio shows, tweets or Facebook updates on the main Train4TradeSkills site (www.train4tradeskills.com  ) Not any more…

From today, the Train4TradeSkills website will now feature new social media links. We already had the buttons to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Train4TradeSkills News, but now we take the interactive experience to the next level with new audio and video on the site.

The Train4TradeSkills website now features a Youtube player, which shows all our videos on Youtube, an AudioBoo player, which now means you can listen to the 50+ Train4TradeSkills Radio shows in one place, and links to Plumbline, our FREE iPhone app for plumbers.

Have a listen, watch the videos and all you need to do from now on is go to www.train4tradeskills.com

For all the latest construction news, radio shows, and news related to your course, remember to visit Train4TradeSkills News, for your daily slice of construction news and analysis.

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Joe talks about his plumbing training

Joe Barker-Platt is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Joe to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Joe’s interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Tom talks about his plumbing training

Tom Henderson is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Tom to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Tom’s interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Julian talks about his plumbing course

Julian West is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Julian to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Julian interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Mark talks about his plumbing training

Mark Clarke is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Mark to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Mark’s interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills