Apple to expand solar development in North Carolina

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Apple is set to build a $55 million, 17.5 MW solar farm in North Carolina.

The California consumer electronics giant won approval from the North Carolina city of Claremont on Monday for its development plan, which would see the city annex extraterritorial land, according to North Carolina newspaper Hickory Daily Record. The property is currently not in the city’s corporate limits.

Apple plans to submit a grading permit for the property, which spans 100 acres (40 hectares), by the end of the year, pending acquisition of the land and other terms of the development agreement, the newspaper reported. The solar farm is projected to be completed within five years of its commencement date.

The project would be Apple’s third solar farm in the state’s Catawba County, the Hickory Daily Record noted, including one located on the company’s campus in Maiden. In addition, the newspaper said paperwork filed in 2013 with the North Carolina Utilities Commission by SunPower transferred to Apple rights for construction of a 20 MW farm in Conover.