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Apple to Build Solar Farm to Power iCloud Data Centre

Apple is reportedly planning to set-up a solar farm to power the massive data centre it has opened in North Carolina.

The billion dollar data centre, which is spread over 500,000 square feet is being used to run the company's recently launched iCloud service, which allows users to store and stream media over the cloud.

According to Charlotte Observer (opens in new tab), Apple has taken permission from the Catawba County to start work on a 171 acre plot it owns, which is located right next to the data centre.

The solar power plant, which has been codenamed Project Dolphin, will help Apple reduce its carbon footprint as the energy used to power the data centre right now is huge.

As of now, a company called Duke Energy is taking care of the data centre's power supply. Duke Energy uses nuclear and coal based plants to generate electricity.

The permit given to the company does not reveal much about the solar power plant but it does say that Apple will take steps to ensure that the local topography, which includes several creeks, does not get affected by the construction of the solar power plant.

Ravi Mandalia

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