The 1,858 square-metre construction site is situated beside Apple’s main iCloud data centre, Wired reports, and will house a 4.8-megawatt array of Bloom Energy fuel cells which turn biogas into electricity.
The new centre will provide clean energy for Apple’s two online storage server centres on the site the report says.
“In many ways, Maiden is the model of the modern data centre. It’s home to a mammoth 500,000-square-foot building that houses rack after rack of Apple servers used to power the iCloud, but Apple is also tacking on a few extras that you won’t find in most data centres: A 100-acre solar farm, and an array of Bloom Energy fuel cells,” Wired reports.
Wired have flown a spy plane over the Apple centre and have posted a number of images, some of which can be seen below.