"Apple's state-of-the art campus brings at least $100 million dollars in investment to California and generates no additional greenhouse gas emissions," Brown said in a statement to this newspaper, listing two of the requirements Apple had met to qualify under the law. "On-site fuel cells and 650,000 square feet of solar panels will provide clean, renewable energy for more than 12,000 Apple employees on the new campus."
By qualifying as a "leadership project" under recent legislation, Apple will enjoy a smoother judicial review process if legal action is brought against the project; however, construction won't begin any sooner than early-2013.
"Congratulations to Apple for being approved," said Cupertino spokesman Rick Kitson. "But from a local perspective this really doesn't really change anything. The changes under the law are relatively minor in terms of the way we'll post online comments about the environmental review report. But this doesn't mean the shovels will be going into the ground any sooner. This is not a shortcut."
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