Paul Chesser of the National and Legal Foundation reports how Apple's Maiden, NC solar farm – built adjacent to its server facility – requires 44 diesel generators for back-up power.
While Apple Inc. continues its laughable claim that its data centers are run “100-percent” on renewable energy – highlighted by a solar farm built adjacent to its server facility in Maiden, N.C. – public records show the company has received permits to install 44 pollutant-spewing diesel generators for back-up power.
The diesel generators for the western North Carolina data center are the normal redundancy you’d expect a power-dependent corporation to install to insure continual service (such as cloud computing and iTunes) for customers. But even though the back-ups will run for only a few hours a year (unless there’s a catastrophe), the fact that they’re fossil-fueled highlights how next-to-useless the “green” alternatives are. After all, have you heard of solar- or wind-powered backup generators?
We're told how environmentally friendly solar power is, but how allegedly "green" is an energy source that requires diesel generators for times when the sun isn't shining? Nevermind the toxic chemicals in the solar panels themselves, or the wildly expensive fuel cells needed for still more back-up power that help Al Gore laugh all the way to the bank.
Recall that state and local governments showered Apple with a package of taxpayer handouts and targeted tax breaks valued at $320 million to bring their server farm to NC.
Solar energy is a government-created creature littered with corrupt cronyism of the worst kind that enriches a few elitists closest to the levers of power at the expense of taxpayers and higher utility bills.