Apple to Power Oregon Data Center with Wind Energy

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Apple recently disclosed a deal to purchase 200 MW of wind power from the Montague Wind Farm for its Prineville, Oregon data center. The news was announced in the company’s annual environmental responsibility report, and it is being dubbed as the “first Apple-created wind project.”

Construction on the first phase of the Montague Wind Power Project is scheduled to begin in September, with energy generating late next year. The 404-MW wind farm is owned by Montague Wind Power Facility, a wholly owned subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables LLC, and it will be capable of producing 560 million kWh annually.

According to the Oregon Department of Energy, the Montague Wind Facility will be located in Gilliam County, Oregon, in the high desert east of the Cascade Mountains nearby several other wind projects.

In a separate announcement, Apple maintains it has plans to buy power from a 56-MW project called Solar Star Oregon II, under construction a few miles from the Prineville complex. Two micro-hydro projects, generating 12 million kWh of energy per year, are also powering the data center.