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BEND, Ore. -- Apple has acquired a hydroelectric project near the company's new data center in Prineville, Ore.

Data centers use lots of electricity to power thousands of computers that hold digital information.

Company spokesman Chris Gaither told The Bulletin newspaperthat Apple will not comment specifically on the deal, but it has made running its facilities on renewable power a priority.

The 45-Mile Hydroelectric Project was first proposed in 2010 by EBD Hydro of Bend. EBD Hydro estimated the project would generate 3 to 3.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 2,100 to 2,450 homes.

Filings in the Federal Register indicate EBD Hydro transferred the property to Apple in November.

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