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Apple has not yet announced the solar farm, but the county issued permits to the company to reshape the slope of some of the land it owns by its data center

Apple is going green with a secret solar project in North Carolina, which is expected to aid in powering its data center in Catawba County.

Apple has not yet announced the solar farm, but residents in the county are taking notice as Apple drops hints. According to The Charlotte Observer, Apple was issued permits by the county to "reshape the slope of some of the 171 acres" of land it owns across from the $1 billion data center in the town of Maiden, North Carolina.

The plans for the site, called "Project Dolphin Solar Farm A Expanded," are erosion control plans that show that Apple will keep soil which is moved around from washing into creeks, and that several gravel roads will be put in place for access to the solar panels. The plans also specify that a Charlotte, North Carolina firm is noted as the contractor on the permits.

However, other details about the solar farm were not provided, and county officials didn't seem to know much about the project either.

More information about Apple's solar farm will be presented when the tech giant applies for a building permit. But Apple has not yet asked for approval of a building permit for that area.

Apple was reportedly attracted to the area in North Carolina due to Duke Energy's low rates, which is the current provider of electricity to Apple's data center. But Duke has solar arrays in other areas of the county, such as Marshall Steam Station.

This isn't Apple's first greener effort when it comes to its facilities. Its plants in Sacramento, California, Austin, Texas and Cork, Ireland are completely powered by alternative energy.


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RE: Cool! Hats off to Apple
By mcnabney on 10/26/2011 10:41:26 AM , Rating: 3
It is still completely stupid to build solar near Charlotte. It isn't exactly sunny every day.

Charlotte gets 109 sunny days per year.
Phoenix gets 211.

Even with line loss, you would get more KWh building in Arizona and transporting the power all the way across the country.

RE: Cool! Hats off to Apple
By retrospooty on 10/26/2011 11:25:22 AM , Rating: 2
Good point... I live outside of phoenix and I am not sure where you got that data, but its more like 325 sunny days per year. The 211 figure doesn not include mostly sunny and partly sunny, which are all mostly sunny.

RE: Cool! Hats off to Apple
By Reclaimer77 on 10/26/2011 11:47:06 AM , Rating: 2
It is still completely stupid to build solar


RE: Cool! Hats off to Apple
By Paj on 10/27/2011 7:11:30 AM , Rating: 2
Gotta love posts like this, where some guy on the internet make some groundbreaking observation that a multi billion dollar corporation, with teams of scientists, engineers, lawyers and executives, must have missed.

RE: Cool! Hats off to Apple
By Strunf on 10/27/2011 8:08:25 AM , Rating: 2
They didn't miss it, they just chose to ignore it... it's all about getting some "good" publicity!

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