Apple gets OK to start selling solar power from Monterey County and other sites

Apple can start reaping the fruits of its $850 million Monterey County solar power investment.

Federal energy regulators on Thursday approved Apple’s application to start selling solar power at market rates.

The tech company owns generation capacity of 20 megawatts in Nevada, 50 megawatts in Arizona and 130 megawatts in California. The latter output – enough to power tens of thousands of homes – will come from Apple’s $850 million partnership with sun-farm firm First Solar, at the California Flats solar project in southeast Monterey County.

“We know that climate change is real,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told a conference last year when announcing the California Flats investment. “Our view is that the time for talk has passed, and the time for action is now. We’ve shown that with what we’ve done.”

Thursday’s ruling from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission goes into effect Saturday.

Apple has another power-sales application pending, to sell excess electricity generated via solar panels on the roof of its under-construction “spaceship” campus in Cupertino, Bloomberg has reported. Regulators in 2010 gave Google approval to make similar sales.

 

Photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at a product launch event in March 2016 at Apple headquarters in Cupertino (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

 

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  • Speakerofthe House

    How long will it be before it only works with Apple appliances?

    • Craig Feldpausch

      sssssssssssssss! Back away from the Apple!

  • Wes

    Guess Apple now is a utility with an IPhone on the side.

  • rick jones

    The tech company owns generation capacity of 20 megawatts in Nevada, 50 megawatts in Arizona and 130 megawatts in California. The latter output – enough to power tens of thousands of homes

    Is it really enough for tens of thousands of homes? The old rule-of-thumb of 1,000 homes per MW of generating capacity was predicated on 24×7 generation. http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/megawhat/Content?oid=3433953 passes along a figure for the Solar Industries Association that suggests the national average is 164 homes per MW of solar generating capacity. So that would I suppose be 21K homes but clearly not all MW are the same these days because in olden days that would have been 130K homes.

 
 
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