Apple to Build Solar Plant to Power Data Center in Yerington

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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.

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 energy than required under state portfolio standards without affecting rates of other customers on the grid.