“Apple has quietly begun work on a solar farm that apparently could help power its sprawling data center in southern Catawba County,” Dianne Straley reports for The Charlotte Observer.
“Permits issued by Catawba County show that the Cupertino, Calif., company has been approved to reshape the slope of some of the 171 acres of vacant land it owns on Startown Road, opposite the data center, in preparation of building a solar farm,” Straley reports. “Apple did not immediately respond to an email from The Observer with questions about the solar farm. But the company’s website says Apple prides itself on using sustainable energy in some of its facilities. Its plants in Austin, Texas; Sacramento, Calif.; and Cork, Ireland, are 100 percent powered by renewable energy.”
Straley reports, “The engineering plans show how the company will keep soil that it moves around the site from washing into creeks and other areas. The permit has no detail about the solar farm itself, including its size… The plans are called ‘Project Dolphin Solar Farm A Expanded.’ Project Dolphin was the code name given Apple’s plans to build a $1-billion data center in Maiden.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” and “Edward Weber” for the heads up.]