Sister site 9to5mac posted a drone video of a flyover at the new Apple campus – that’s pretty sweet to see the Apple campus coming along. More importantly though – there is an image of the solar power installation! It’s nothing beyond a square parking structure building with some modules, but it represents something pretty cool – a large scale solar power installation at time of building construction. Apple is going to have very positive financials on a thing like this.
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 admin 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. The plans list a photovoltaic roof canopy of 320,000 sq.ft. just on the parking building.
That’s the image above. Video and more images below: