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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: Economic Sense
By lelias2k on 10/26/2011 4:23:45 PM , Rating: 0
Forget it, to some people there's no point in even trying to go green.

Instead they prefer to point out how everything is just a fake facade and complain about a couple of billion invested by the government in alternative research/incentives.

Of course they don't complain about the 30-50 billion in subsidies the oil industry receives every year. Some of the biggest, most profitable companies in the world. :|

And let's not get started on how much we invest in the war business.

Ah, the power of lobbying.

RE: Economic Sense
By GuinnessKMF on 10/27/2011 9:59:32 AM , Rating: 2
I wasn't complaining, I am happy to see the incentives put into this type of program over many of the much less productive incentives that are out there.

I am saying that a large company with stockholders is not going to go green without it being financially responsible, if you look at my original post you'll see that I love it when it does make financial sense.

Small companies and individuals actually have consciousness and will go green for personal reasons, or when it's part of their business model.

RE: Economic Sense
By GuinnessKMF on 10/27/2011 10:07:41 AM , Rating: 2
My bad, I just realized you were telling me to not bother trying to explain it to him, I misunderstood you.

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