The North Carolina Utilities Commission has approved Apple’s application to build a 20-megawatt solar farm on land next to it’d North Carolina data center. Apple had filed the Application on Feb 15th and since it got no complaints it got approved on 14th may.
This Approval gives Apple the green light to go green to work on a solar farm that will provide all the energy to run it’s data center which has been in cross hairs of the Greenpeace Activists, who tried to stop Apple’s coal consumption at its source by blocking train tracks that Duke Energy uses to ship coal to Apple’s Maiden, North Carolina data center. Activists targeted the Marshall Steam Station in Catawba county, according to a report in Charlotte’s WCNC, Protestors locked themselves to the train tracks, posted a sign that read “Save Our Mountain Clean The Cloud” talk about Extreme measures. Police did charge them with trespassing, what else did you expect?
The Solar farm is expected to be completed by November and and put to use but December end this year.
Apple has said it will be the largest user-owned solar array in the United States.