Apple’s New Solar-Powered Spaceship Campus Could Juice A Million Apple TVs

Apple’s New Solar-Powered Spaceship Campus Could Juice A Million Apple TVs

This morning we reported that Apple had provided some more details to the Cupertino City Council about their proposed plans to build a new “spaceship” campus, including a render that showed a roof entirely tiled in solar panels.

How much power would that generate, though? Enough to power a million Apple TVs.

9to5Mac did some math, and the results are very cool:

From today’s plans, we can estimate the roof surface area to be over 750,000 square feet. Assuming (conservatively) 2/3rds of that, or 500,000 square feet of that is utilized for solar, that gives Apple close to a 5MW installation on the amin building alone. On average or as a general “rule of thumb” modern photovoltaics (PV) solar panels will produce up to 10 watts per square foot of solar panel area. Since Cupertino is generally favorable in terms of weather and Apple will obviously use the latest Solar technology developed in the coming years, that could give Apple over 5,000,000 Watts of power to play with. Additionally, Apple has a few other buildings on campus that could be outfitted with solar roofs.

That could make Apple’s new campus the largest solar facility in the world. Either way, it’s a hell of a lot of power to play with, and while it’s not enough to drive all of Apple’s day-to-day operations, it sure is enough to seriously mitigate the company’s already notoriously green-friendly environmental impact. But inquiring minds want to know: is it enough to let the spaceship blast off?

  • Jordan Clay

    I like that Apple is doing this.  They definitely have enough cash to front the start-up costs that keeps so many people out.  With the money they will save it will benefit them in the long run. 

    Now they need to put a giant fan in the center of the spaceship that catches rising hot air and spins to generate more electricity

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