Apple Job Listings Hint at Data Center Opening
Several recently posted job listings on Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) website and rumors of an upcoming solar farm suggest that the California-based company’s newest data center in Prineville, Oregon may be nearing completion, reports MacRumors. Apple is currently seeking two data center maintenance technicians and a data center chief engineer for the Prineville location. According to MacRumors, Apple has been trying to fill the chief engineer position since early 2013.
There are also rumors that Apple will soon commence construction on a solar array for the data center. According to OPB, the mayor of Prineville recently revealed that the city and the county had made a zoning agreement with Apple for additional land. “My understanding is that they will create the solar farm and then they will sell that back to the companies that they actually get their electricity from,” said Mayor Betty Roppe.
Apple currently has 100 percent renewable energy usage at all of its data centers. However, Apple also has a goal to “power every facility at Apple entirely with energy from renewable sources — solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal.” Currently, 75 percent of Apple’s corporate facilities use renewable energy. According to Apple’s website, the Prineville data center will use a combination of locally sourced renewable resources, including wind, hydroelectric, and solar.