By Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

Apple Inc. has reportedly started work on a solar farm that could power its data center in southern Catawba County, N.C., according to the Charlotte Observer on Wednesday.

The Cupertino-based company (NASDAQ:AAPL) has taken out permits to reshape some of the 171 acres of vacant land it owns there. The plans are being called "Project Dolphin Solar Farm A Expanded," according to the Observer.

Apple obtains its electricity from utility company Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE:DUK), which uses mostly coal and nuclear, though it has some solar arrays in the county.

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