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Apple’s New Solar Panels Will Create 100 Jobs

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solar panelsKeeping hip and trendy and abreast with the emerging values of today’s youth is what allows Apple to remain the successful company they are. Thus, they are making good on their promise to power their iCloud with 100 percent renewable energy. Their Ft. Churchill Solar Array will be an 18-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant. What this means is about 100 new workers (new jobs) to construct the 137-acre solar plant, for about 8 months, jobs averaging about $35 an hour.

The area is Lyon County, which suffers from 13 percent unemployment: more jobs are certainly welcome.

“We’re excited to be in partnership with Apple on a new solar energy project, the first project under our new Green Energy Program,” said Michael Yackira, president and CEO of NV Energy. “This program allows customers such as Apple to choose to have a greater proportion of their energy coming from renewables than the law requires, without having a cost impact on our other customers.”

As Apple said, “All of Apple’s data centers are 100 percent renewable energy, and we are on track to meet that goal in our new Reno data center using the latest in high-efficiency concentrating solar panels. This project will not only supply renewable energy for our data center, but also provide clean energy to the local power grid, through a first-of-its-kind partnership with NV Energy.”

Well that’s kinda neat — a sort of advertisement scheme to make Apple seem more hip and with it, and the extra jobs are always welcome.

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