Apple to build solar plant to power data center

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Technology giant Apple Inc. will pay for construction of an 18-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant in northern Nevada.

The Fort Churchill Solar Array, to be built in Yerington, was included in a filing Monday by NV Energy Inc. with the Public Utilities Commission outlining the utilities integrated resource plan.

Apple last year announced plans to build a data center east of Reno. The solar generating plant will be located south of that in Lyon County.

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The company says the solar project will provide renewable energy for the data center and add clean energy to the local power grid.

The proposal is the first under a new program that allows electricity customers to buy more renewable energythan required under state portfolio standards without affecting rates of other customers on the grid.

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