(The Hosting News) – Apple is further investing in its North Carolina data center operation. On Thursday, a report from the Hickory Daily Record signaled that the company had recently added $3 million dollars-worth of land in Catawba County. There, the popular iPhone maker plans to construct a new solar form, building upon a promise to rely on 100% renewable energy.
The actual data center is located in Maiden, North Carolina and is already powered by a number of solar fields not far from the area. Apple uses the facility to provide for the personal cloud platform known as iCloud.
Documents proofing the sale were revealed through the Catawba County Register of Deeds, noted the report.
Earlier this year, in April, the Cupertino, California-based company pledged to run its infrastructure wholly on renewable energy via an environmental page appearing on Apple.com.
“By the end of 2012, we’ll meet the energy needs of our Maiden, North Carolina, data center using entirely renewable sources. To achieve this, we’re building our own facilities that will provide over 60 percent of the clean power we need. It’s another example of Apple’s commitment to designing for energy efficiency — from the ground up,” states the company via its website.
The report of a new land purchase shortly follows a rumor that the company was looking to establish a new data center facility located in Hong Kong, China. Apple currently operates other U.S. data centers in locations including Prineville, Oregon and Newark California.