Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) says that all three of its server centres will be run by solar power alone in the very near future.

In addition the company says it intends to be coal-free by the end of 2012.

Solar panels
Solar manufacturers SunPower Corp and Bloom Energy are currently being engaged by Apple to build two solar array installations near its North Carolia Data Center in the US.

Once up, the solar farm will supply 84m kWh of energy annually. The sites will employ high-efficiency solar cells and an advanced solar tracking system.

“I’m not aware of any other company producing energy onsite at this scale,” said Apple CFO, Peter Oppenheimer as reported in the Guardian.

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