The partnership will bring 200MW of new solar in-state by 2019, and power generated will be used to power Apple's Reno data centres that are to run exclusively on clean energy. Source: Flickr/sabin paul croce

The partnership will bring 200MW of new solar in-state by 2019, and power generated will be used to power Apple's Reno data centres that are to run exclusively on clean energy. Source: Flickr/sabin paul croce

Nevada’s de facto monopoly utility is partnering with tech giant Apple on 200MW of solar in Nevada by 2019.

The projects under the agreement will support Apple’s renewable energy goals for its Reno data centre.

The deal will be solidified in the coming weeks by a power purchase agreement (PPA) authorised by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for the plant.

"We are proud to play a role in helping Apple meet their energy needs with Nevada's abundant solar resource," said Paul Caudill, president and CEO of NV Energy, in a statement. "In partnership with our customers, we continue to develop a more balanced fuel mix in a way that benefits the local economy by providing hundreds of jobs for Nevadans, particularly those in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 357 and 396, and advances the state's policy goals."

"Investing in innovative clean energy sources is vital to Apple's commitment to reaching, and maintaining, 100% renewable energy across all our operations," said Apple's vice president for environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson. "Our partnership with NV Energy helps assure our customers their iMessages, FaceTime video chats and Siri inquiries are powered by clean energy, and supports efforts to offer the choice of green energy to Nevada residents and businesses."

This deal will bring NV Energy’s total in the state to more than 529MW of new solar in construction or under review for approval. Under the agreement, Apple will also dedicate up to 5MW of power to NV Energy’s future subscription solar programme for residential and commercial customers. 

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