Apple to Reno, Nevada: ‘I’m your (Project) Huckleberry

When it comes to Apple has filed a permit with Washoe County to build a new cluster of facilities adjacent to its original “Project Mills” site in Reno, Nevada, that’s dubbed “Project Huckleberry,” reports the Reno Gazette-Journal .

Huckleberry apparently involves the construction of a new data center. Initial construction for the project will involve a new full shell, several data center clusters as well as a support building.

“It’s a whole different set of buildings but it looks like it is going to be essentially the same design as Project Mills, only turned perpendicularly to the east,” said Trevor Lloyd, senior planner for Washoe County Planning and Development’s Community Services, told the Gazette-Journal.

The permit application follows continued activity at the Reno Technology Park site just east of Reno-Sparks since the Apple data center deal was approved in 2012. Before the filing for Project Huckleberry, the data facility was shaping up to have 14 buildings with a total size of 412,000 square feet, according to Lloyd. Most recently, Apple submitted a permit for a new substation to support further development. The site is practically at capacity and will require more power to support new development, according to Lloyd.

As for Project Huckleberry, the permit should be approved once the necessary corrections to the initial submission are made by Apple. Based on past trends, those should likely be done fairly soon, Lloyd told the Gazette-Journal.

Project Huckleberry continues Apple global construction of data centers and solar farms. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology conference in February 2015, CEO Tim Cook announced plans for a huge $850 million, 1,300 acre solar farm to be constructed in Monterey County, California south of the company's corporate headquarters in Cupertino.

The facility is designed to produce enough power for about 60,000 homes -- or all of Apple's operations in California. Those operations include the current offices, the Campus 2 corporate headquarters under construction, a data center in Newark, California and 52 Apple retail stores in the state.

Apple also has a huge solar farm in Maiden, NC near its data center there, uses hydroelectric and wind energy for facilities in Oregon, and powers the Reno, NV facility with geothermal and solar energy. The company is building a solar farm in Arizona, where it will soon convert a former GT Advanced sapphire plant into a global command data center.

Also in February 2015, Apple announced that it plans to build its first two data centers in Europe to host iCloud, iTunes and other online services. Located in Ireland and Denmark, these facilities will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Plus, the company is building a new data center in Curacao,  an island in the southern Caribbean Sea.