According to a recent report, Apple appears to be set to follow through with its expansion plans for its $250 million datacenter in Prineville, Oregon. The news comes just after the Oregon legislature resolved a tax issue that could potentially have tacked millions of dollars onto Apple’s bill in the future.

The datacenter which already totals roughly 340,000 square feet could potentially be doubling in size. According to The Oregonian, Apple previously put these plans on hold pending a resolution to the tax issue. For those of you who didn’t know, Apple is one of many companies with posts in Oregon, others include Facebook and Amazon. Each of the companies was taken aback by a 2014 change to the state’s property tax valuation methodology that could have seen their tax bills increase drastically following the expiration of their current tax breaks. The issue has now been resolved though.

Apple now appears to be “planning on a major, major expansion,” according to the Crook County administrator Judge Mike McCabe. He said the following regarding the matter:

The haven't shared [their strategy] with us," he added, "and we haven't seen the plans.
As of right now, the plans could possibly include the building of a second, similar facility and the construction of a major solar plant to power it, which Apple has reportedly planning to break ground on before the tax issue even came up. The company seems to have already acquired a small hydroelectric project near the existing facility in an attempt to add to its clean energy sources.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

Source: The Oregonian