Apple to build renewable energy facility that harnesses landfill gas

Yesterday, it was reported that Apple has created an energy subsidiary, Apple Energy LLC. Now The Hickory Record says there’s a new lease agreement between Catawba County and Apple that will allow for the construction of a renewable energy facility that harnesses landfill gas.

The three Jenbacher engines the county uses to make electricity from Methane. A portion of the landfill site will be leased to Apple for a renewable energy facility. KEVIN GRIFFIN/RECORD

The three Jenbacher engines the county uses to make electricity from Methane. A portion of the landfill site will be leased to Apple for a renewable energy facility. KEVIN GRIFFIN/RECORD

The lease, approved by the Board of Commissioners, provides the Cupertino, California-based company with about 3.7 acres on the Blackburn Resource Recovery Facility in Newton, North Carolina. Apple’s renewable energy facility will use treated methane from the landfill to create electricity using fuel cells.

For the first five years, the annual rent owed to the county will be $1,500 per acre, for a total of $5,569.50 per year, according to The Hickory Record. From the sixth year onward, the rent price will fluctuate based on changes in the Consumer Price Index for the South Region, but will never go below $1,500 per acre, the article adds. The lease lasts for 16 years with an option to go five years longer.