Apple’s 20-Megawatt Solar Farm Near NC Data Center Approved By NCUC

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Last week, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) approved Apple’s proposal to build a 20-megawatt solar farm.

Early filings suggested that Apple aimed to position the farm by 1 Nov 2012, across the street from its Maiden, North Carolina (NC) data center, with operations starting 21 December 2012.

According to online reports, the official proposal filed on 15 February 2012. It underwent to staff review, a public notice/comment session, and feedback from the State Clearinghouse. The NCUC officially approved the proposal on 14 May 2012 and completed the certificate issuance on 17 May 2012:

The Public Staff presented this matter to the Commission at its Regular Staff Conference on May 14, 2012. The Public Staff recommended that the Commission approve the application and issue a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction of a 20 MW solar photovoltaic electric generating facility to be located at 6028 Startown Road, Maiden, North Carolina. After careful consideration, the Commission finds good cause to approve the application and issue the attached certificate of public convenience and necessity for the proposed 20 MW solar photovoltaic electric generating facility.

According to Reuters, Apple confirmed that it had plans to construct two solar array installations in Maiden, with the potential to annually supply 84 million kWh of energy through streamlined solar cells and a state-of-the-art solar tracking system.

A 5-megawatt fuel cell installation will support the solar farms, which will open later this year, powered-by 100 percent biogas. Apple also confirmed plans to construct a third biogas fuel-cell plant in 2012.

Apple is also planning another data center in Oregon where it will will be investing quarter billion dollars.

Source: 9TO5 Mac

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