Target: Apple CEO Tim Cook
Goal: Commend Apple for implementing solar panels at new data center
Apple plans to build an additional farm of solar panels for its new data center in Reno, Nevada. This will mark its third solar panel farm in development, after its two in North Carolina. As the number one company in the world, Apple should be applauded for its commitment to switch to cleaner energy.
Partnering with NV Energy, a Nevada utility, and SunPower, the solar farm would use a new type of technology that implements mirrors along with the solar panels. This will allow an increase in the amount of power generated by the system. Ultimately, each of the solar farms will produce between 18 to 20 MW of power, an amount that is very large for an independent company.
The Reno location will be 137 acres and create approximately 100 jobs during construction. The completed solar farm will generate around 43.5 million kilowatt hours of energy, which will save enough energy as would be used by 6,400 vehicles. Apple was quick to be one of the first to utilize Nevada’s new green tariff, which would allow it to pay for the cost of building the solar panel farm itself.
Apple, at least in regards to its data centers, plans to use 100 percent clean energy over time. It plans on accomplishing this through buying energy from clean power providers, using direct clean energy generation, and buying credits for renewable energy.
By signing the petition below, you will demonstrate your appreciation towards Apple for beginning to implement a large clean energy program. As a leading global company, it is fulfilling its responsibility to be a good example for other organizations.
Dear Mr. Cook,
I am writing this letter to commend you for the implementation of solar panel farms at your data centers. As a leading global company, Apple has a responsibility to show a good example in pursuing clean energy initiatives; these solar panels are an excellent start. I fully support and hope you fulfill your goals of relying on 100 percent clean energy with all of your data centers in the future.
Your partnership with NV Energy shows your commitment to working with state governments in creating these clean energy systems; on top of this, you were one of the first companies to utilize Nevada’s new green tariff. The use of new technology that involves using mirrors next to the solar panels is an excellent way to help increase the amount of power generated through the system. Generating 18 to 20 MW of power is an impressive amount for an independent company.
Thank you again for implementing these solar panel farms. The completed system in Reno, Nevada will generate around 43.5 million kilowatt hours of energy; this is enough to save as much energy as would be used by 6,400 vehicles; such a difference is a great model for other companies to follow.
[Your Name Here]
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