Apple solar farm (image 001)

The Hickory Daily Record is reporting that Apple has recached a deal with the city council of Claremont, North Carolina to purchase land for a new solar panel farm. This will be the company’s third solar farm in the Maiden area.

According to the report, Apple will be annexing 100-acres for the new array and will be making an initial investment of $55 million. The solar farm will generate 17.5 megawatts of power for its massive North Carolina data center…

Here’s more from the Hickory Daily Record:

The City of Claremont approved Monday night a development agreement with Apple Inc. to annex land into the city for a new solar farm.

Apple’s initial investment in the 100-acre, 17.5 megawatt solar farm is $55 million. And the tech giant’s project will create 75 indirect jobs during construction. City Manager Doug Barrick said Apple agreed to use source jobs locally, if possible.

The outlet goes on to say that Apple plans to have a grading permit submitted for the property by the end of the year, pending the acquisition of the land and other factors. The company hopes to complete the project within 5 years.

The North Carolina campus is just one of Apple’s many ongoing data center projects. It is also working on centers in Prineville, Oregon and Reno, Nevada, and it likes to tout that all of its data centers run on 100% renewable energy.

  • Chris

    Good on Apple for getting approval, I wouldn’t be surprised though if the solar farm becomes too small even in 5 years time as the growing demand for server clusters is growing faster than the power available to the data center.

    Another great move towards eco friendly server farms nonetheless.

  • Good move in going green. One day, we’ll re-discover that amazing technology Nikola Tesla invented for free energy; wireless transmission towers utilizing the free energy in the atmosphere.