“The North Carolina Utilities Commission today officially approved Apple’s proposal to construct a 4.8-megawatt fuel cell electric generating facility near its data center in Maiden, North Carolina,” Jordan Golson reports for MacRumors.

“The Commission previously approved a plan by Apple to build the first of two 20 megawatt solar farms around its data center,” Golson reports. “Previous filings (PDF) with federal regulators have indicated that Apple plans to have the fuel cell facility installed by July 16, with operation to begin by July 30.”

Golson reports, “It appears that the fuel cell boxes will be powered by standard natural gas from the grid, while Apple will be purchasing environmentally-friendly biogas from a local provider which will be inserted into the grid at a 1:1 ratio. This will keep the system as ‘green’ as possible.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

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