North Carolina is getting a wave of new solar farms bought, built, and developed by utility Duke Energy.
While Google, Facebook, Apple and others made major strides for clean energy and Internet infrastructure, Amazon and AWS are lagging far behind.
Apple’s two solar farms and one fuel cell farm near its data center in North Carolina are now all live and generating power. The projects are unprecedented in the industry and have helped usher in real change.
Duke Energy has taken an important step forward to enable large companies to buy clean power from it if they’re willing to pay for it.
Building out a “smart” electrical grid is going to take more than just the right gear — that gear has to interoperate, and so utilities are searching for the right standard.
Adding to Apple’s clean power plans for its data centers, Apple confirmed with me that it’s building a large solar panel farm for a data center in Reno, Nevada.
We interviewed executives at some of the biggest Internet companies, as well as hardware vendors, economic development groups, and utilities to find out why North Carolina has emerged as a hub for Internet leaders mega data centers. Here are the 10 biggest reasons:
Nevada has tried very hard to attract solar energy investments and one of its latest efforts is both grandly ambitious and peculiar: Chinese energy company ENN Group promises to invest $5 billion to build a solar panel factory, a solar power plant, and an “eco-community.”
While 2011 will be remember as a troubling year for solar manufacturers, it also is a year when major U.S. power companies such as Duke, MidAmerican and Exelon took a plunge into investing and owning solar power plants.
Looks like Groupon will go public on Friday morning at $20 per share, giving it a valuation of $12.6 billion for its online coupon business. Let’s compare it to some of the greentech startups and big energy firms and try not to get disturbed.