Our current lifestyle is partly dominated by technology including but certainly not limited to the internet, telecommunications and social networking. What three companies come to mind when you think of those things?
That’s right. Google, Apple, Facebook; and the three of them are a short drive from Charlotte!
Maybe an hour and a half northwest of Charlotte is one of Google’s 13-in-the-world data centers. In 2007, Google invested $600 million in the facility and established a long-term commitment to our region and state. Since 2008, they’ve awarded more than $1 million to local schools and nonprofits. They’ve invested in several green initiatives, including a collaboration with Duke University and Duke Energy to turn hog waste at a Yadkin County farm into renewable energy. They also support educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through grants, events, and programs.
For more info about Google’s NC data center, visit: http://www.google.com/about/datacenters/locations/lenoir/
Backtrack down Highway 321 less than an hour and you’ll find Apple’s new state-of-the-art data center in Maiden. It is used mainly for iCloud and iTunes support. The high-security facility has earned the coveted LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. There is no other data center of comparable size that has achieved this level of LEED certification. Apple’s goal is to run the Maiden facility with high percentage renewable energy mix, and have major projects under way to achieve this — including building the nation’s largest end user-owned solar array (below) and building the largest nonutility fuel cell installation in the United States. Other permits issued for the site describe a new building with a reinforced concrete pad that would house a hydrogen fuel cell facility, suggesting that Apple has more plans for expanding the site.
For more info about Apple’s NC data center, visit: http://www.apple.com/environment/renewable-energy/
Every time you log on to Facebook, every time you post a picture — no matter where you are in the world — that data, that snapshot, that password ends up here, inside a quarter-mile-long, 350,000-square-foot building in Forest City, North Carolina, an hour and a half’s drive west of Charlotte.
Not unlike the others, Facebook’s data center is also one of the most energy efficient in the world with a projected power utilization effectiveness (PuE) measurement of 1.06 to 1.08 for the whole data center.
Rumor is that Disney is also planning a data center in Kings Mountain as well, less than an hour west of Charlotte!