updated 01:30 am EST, Wed February 22, 2012
Buys 160 acres of land near Facebook facility
Previously known by a code name "Project Maverick," Apple has confirmed public documents that show it is planning to build another data center on a 160-acre parcel of land it has purchased from local authorities near Prineville, Oregon, KTVZ reports. The land will be located near a large data center owned by Facebook -- which, local officials say, worked with Apple to bring the tech giant to the community.
Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet confirmed the plans for a data center but would not confirm any details. County Judge Mike McCabe said he was "confident it will be good for Prineville and Crook County," adding that the Apple representatives had been "wonderful to work with." Rumors of the data center were first floated in December.
On February 15th, the Oregon State Senate passed legislation to clarify the roles of state and county in the collection and assessment of property taxes, the same day Crook County commissioners signed the deed for the land deal to bring Apple to Prineville. The law covers large facilities like the data centers and ensures that county-issued tax breaks won't be overturned if the state moves to take over assessing property taxes.
Though completion of a further data center facility is likely years off, local speculation has it that Apple will again seek to set up a solar-power array to help power the center as it has done in Maiden, North Carolina. At that data center, Apple is using both solar and biogas fuel-cell technology to generate "a high percentage" of the facility's power. The Oregon facility is expected to require 31 megawatts of power, thanks in part to cool desert winds in central Oregon that help run such facilities using less power than they otherwise would need.