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The North Carolina Utilities Commission has approved (http://macte.ch/kLA2C) Apple's proposal to construct a 20-megawatt solar farm across the street from its data center in Maiden, North Carolina.
Permits issued by Catawba County show that the 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, according to "The Charlotte Observer" (http://macte.ch/B7hdu).
The engineering plans show how the company will keep soil that it moves around the site from washing into creeks and other areas, the article adds. The permit has no detail about the solar farm itself, including its size. A Charlotte firm is listed on the erosion control permit as the contractor.
Last year it was announced that Apple was building a 500,000 square foot data center in Catawba County on the outskirts of Maiden. Maiden and Catawba County agreed to US$7.3 million in incentives for Apple in order for them to build the center there.