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Renewable sources, Apple uses landfill gas in North Carolina

Apple's constant commitment to the environment and renewable sources continues. The latest news is a 16-year agreement with the county of Catawba in North Carolina for the construction of a plant that allows you to obtain energy from landfill and purification gases.

The college of commissioners of the county approved the lease on Monday to allow Apple to use 3.7 acres in the Blackburn Resource Recovery facility in Newton, the county seat of Catawba, paying only $ 5,569.50 for the first five. years, the period after which the established price may have changed (but not below the initially agreed price). After 16 years, Apple will have the option to renew the contract or not.

In the agreement, as reported by AppleInsider, the county agreed to sell 40% of the methane produced at the landfill sites to Apple: the multinational will use it for the conversion to electricity; the remaining percentage will be used by the county for other energy purposes.

It is not clear what Apple intends to do with the energy produced but Catawba County, among other things, the site where one of the largest Apple data centers is present, currently powered by a mix of solar energy and biogas. yesterday the news of the birth of Apple Energy LLC, a subsidiary of the multinational of Cupertino, set up to sell the energy produced in excess in its plants to private individuals and which in the future could also be used to produce energy for the charging stations for the Apple Car .

A Jenbacher engine for managing fluctuations in methane content, similar to those used in controlled landfills.A Jenbacher engine for managing fluctuations in methane content, similar to those used in controlled landfills.