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Apple plans solar farm near North Carolina data center

Apple won state approval Thursday for a 20-megawatt solar farm, the biggest proposed in North Carolina, near its data center in Maiden.

No complaints were filed and the project passed muster under environmental standards, the N.C. Utilities Commission said in approving the certificate of public necessity and convenience. Maiden is about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte.

Apple will sell the electricity to Duke Energy.

Apple has also applied for state approval to build the nation’s largest fuel cell project, at 4.8 megawatts, at the site. The fuel cells would generate electricity from hydrogen.