Rendering courtesy of Apple Lights On Maiden, N.C., data center will draw power from a 20-MW solar farm and 5-MW fuel-cell installation. Related Links: EDITORS' CHOICE & GREEN PROJECT: Facebook Data Center Apple is hoping to get a boost from the sun to power its rapidly growing cloud services.Having completed a $1-billion, 500,000-sq-ft data center in Maiden, N.C., in late 2011, the computing giant recently began construction on a 20-MW solar farm. Along with a new 5-MW fuel-cell installation, the company plans to use the farm to supply all the energy needed to run the facility.The data center, which was
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.