“Apple is building something at its Maiden, North Carolina, data center, but the uber-secretive company won’t say what it is,” Robert McMillan reports for Wired. “So Wired took to the skies to find out.”

“Overhead photos — captured last month — show Apple’s $1 billion data center and two adjacent areas where Apple has started new construction,” McMillan reports. “Rumors have suggested that Apple is building a second data center beside the first, but judging from these photos — and county building permits — it appears that this is not the case. In all likelihood, the two construction areas will house the new-age biogas fuel cell plant and the massive solar array Apple will use to help power the original facility.”

“Apple’s North Carolina permits describe a 21,030-square-foot building. That’s bigger than your typical Apple Store, but not nearly big enough for the sort of data center Apple would build. The company’s existing Maiden facility is 500,000 square feet,” McMillan reports. “More likely, the new building will house the 24-200 kilowatt fuel cell systems that could be partially operational as soon as June. This plant is noteworthy, as it will be one of the largest such plants in the U.S. and it’s the biggest such project built by a data-center operator.

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