Consumer electronics developer and retailer Apple, has been given the go-ahead to annex land in the city of Claremont, North Carolina, in order to construct a 17.5MW solar farm, the Hickory Record reports.
The initial investment of the 44.5-hectare farm will be US$55 million. The plant – which will create 75 jobs during construction – will be built on a stretch of land that is valued at US$1.4 million.
Another resolution was reached on Monday in which Apple agreed to give up two tracts of land to Claremont – a value of US$92,000. In exchange, the city is offering a 0.61-hectare site – the city’s former South Waste Water Treatment Plant – to Apple. The plant, built on a plot of land priced at US$36,000, has not been in use since 1993.
This new solar farm is set to be the third its kind developed by Apple in Catawba County. One farm is located near one of Apple’s campuses in Maiden, North Carolina, while Apple acquired the rights to build a 20MW farm in Conover in 2013.