Apple Just Spent an Incredible Amount of Money on Solar Power

$848 million. That's the amount of cash Apple is spending on what Bloomberg calls "the biggest commercial solar deal EVER." That may seem like a crap ton of money to us, it's still less than a percent of the $178 billion in cash Apple—aka the 55th richest country in the world—has on hand right now. » 2/11/15 4:15pm 2/11/15 4:15pm

The Smartest Place To Build Solar Farms? Toxic Superfund Sites

The largest solar farm in the U.S. finally got cooking this year, but not without reports of singed wildlife and displaced tortoises. It turns out that both thermal solar farms and other types of solar plants can harm the environment in unforeseen ways. But what if we limited these farms to areas where no plants… » 4/10/14 4:20pm 4/10/14 4:20pm

This Is What a 20 Megawatt Solar Farm Looks Like

One of the key features of Apple's upcoming North Carolina data center is its mammoth field of solar panels, which aim to provide the center with the majority of its power. Though the solar farm in progress is a whopping 100 acres, and aims to put out 20 megawatts, that's only 60 percent of the center's expected draw. » 9/16/12 7:00pm 9/16/12 7:00pm

World's Largest Solar Farm Opens: A Billion Trees Probably Died to…

A solar farm has opened in Spain that consists of 120,000 solar panels over 100 hectares (247 acres). It also has a peak capacity of 20 megawatts and it can power up to 20,000 homes—making it the world's largest solar farm to date. The farm is expected to generate an estimated annual income of $28 million and reduce… » 2/15/08 6:10pm 2/15/08 6:10pm