The tech giant has taken over the efforts to finish a "small hydroelectric project" near the company's data center in Prineville, Ore., OregonLive reported.
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The amount of electricity used in the data center to power thousands of servers that have photos, music and movies would be as much as a small city.
Apple says it currently purchases "local renewable wind energy" for its Prineville facility, according to OregonLive. The project's previous owner is EBD Hydro, which won $7 million in federal loan guarantees and a grant for $1.5 million to help finance its construction.
The prior proposals said that the project would generate 3 to 5 megawatts, and would be enough to power 2,000 to 3,500 homes.
What is a hydroelectric electric plant?
According to TechCrunch, falling water is used to spin big turbines, which generate electricity similar to the Hoover Dam.
Apple has previously said that the company is investing a large sum of money in renewable energy, including wind and solar farms to reduce its carbon footprint.
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In a statement regarding this topic, Apple has said the following:
"Our goal is to power every facility at Apple entirely with energy from renewable sources - solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal. So we're investing in our own onsite energy production, establishing relationships with suppliers to procure renewable energy off the grid, and reducing our energy needs even as our employee base grows."
"Our investments are paying off. We've already achieved 100 per cent renewable energy at all of our data centers, at our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. And for all of Apple's corporate facilities worldwide, we're at 75 percent, and we expect that number to grow as the amount of renewable energy available to us increases. We won't stop working until we achieve 100 per cent throughout Apple."
The iPhone maker runs a number of data centers worldwide, including one by the new hydro power plant to power iCloud. Other tech companies that operate data centers in Oregon include Facebook, Amazon and Google.