updated 09:26 am EDT, Tue July 8, 2014
Will cost company $55 million
North Carolina's Claremont City Council has approved an Apple plan to acquire 100 acres of land for a third solar farm in the state, reports say. The farm is expected to generate 17.5 megawatts, and cost Apple $55 million to build. The 100 acres will become a part of Claremont's corporate limits; the project should spawn about 75 jobs, but take about five years to complete.
The land itself is valued at $1.4 million, and Apple will be giving two parcels back to Claremont for use as greenways, recreational space, and other public works. Those tracts are together estimated to be worth $96,000.
Apple's main solar farm in the state is also 100 acres, and directly attached to its Maiden datacenter, for which it produces 20MW of power. In September 2012 the company snapped up 200 acres in the nearby town of Conover, with plans to build another 20MW farm. All three facilities will presumably be geared toward supporting the datacenter, which is vital to iCloud services.