Apple gets Permit for Solar Farm in Maiden

Charlotte Observer reports on Apple getting a permit for a Solar Farm in Maiden, NC.

Apple plans solar farm at data center site

By Dianne Straley

MAIDEN Apple has quietly begun work on a solar farm that apparently could help power its sprawling data center in southern Catawba County.

Permits issued by Catawba County show that the Cupertino, Calif., company has been approved to reshape the slope of some of the 171 acres of vacant land it owns on Startown Road, opposite the data center, in preparation of building a solar farm.


The engineering plans show how the company will keep soil that it moves around the site from washing into creeks and other areas. The permit has no detail about the solar farm itself, including its size. A Charlotte firm is listed on the erosion control permit as the contractor.

The plans say the site will have multiple gravel roads for access to its solar panels.

The plans are called "Project Dolphin Solar Farm A Expanded." Project Dolphin was the code name given Apple's plans to build a $1-billion data center in Maiden.