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Apple now globally powered by 100 percent renewable energy

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Apple today announced that all its global facilities are powered with 100 percent clean energy, as a part of its commitment to combat climate change. Facilities includes retail stores, offices, co-located offices and data centers in 43 countries including USA, UK, China and India. Also, the company announced nice other suppliers are committed to making their production 100 percent renewable, which amounts the total commitments to 23.

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO said, “We’re committed to leaving the world better than we found it. After years of hard work we’re proud to have reached this significant milestone,”. Adding to it, he said “We’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it.”
With this change, Apple is building new renewable energy projects, improving the energy options for localities ranging from local communities to entire countries. These projects include energy sources ranging from solar arrays, wind farms to emerging technologies like biogas fuel cells, micro-hydro generation systems.
Apple currently generates 626 megawatts with 25 operational renewable projects around the world, with an additional 286 megawatts of solar PV to be generated in 2017, the highest ever generation in an year. These projects are aimed at building over 1.4 gigawatts of clean renewable energy spreading across 11 countries.
All of Apple’s data centers have been powered by 100 percent renewable energy since 2014. And since 2011, all of Apple’s renewable energy projects in its facilities have reduced greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) by 54 percent and prevented nearly 2.1 million metric tons of CO2e from entering the atmosphere.
Apple’s renewable energy projects include:
  • Apple Park, Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, is now the largest LEED Platinum-certified office building in North America. A 17-megawatt onsite rooftop solar has been installed and it is powered by 100 percent renewable energy from multiple sources and four megawatts of biogas fuel cells, and controlled by a microgrid with battery storage.
  • To address some upstream manufacturing emissions, over 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects have been developed across six provinces of China.
  • Also, Apple recently announced their plans to build a data-center in Waukee, Iowa that would function entirely on renewable energy since its inception.
  • In Prineville, Oregon, the company signed a 200-megawatt power purchase agreement for an Oregon wind farm, the Montague Wind Power Project, set to come online by the end of 2019.
  • In Reno, Nevada, Apple created a partnership with the local utility, NV Energy, and over the last four years developed four new projects totaling 320 megawatts of solar PV generation.
  • In Japan, Apple is partnering with local solar company Daini Denryoku to install over 300 rooftop solar systems that will generate 18,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy every year — enough to power more than 3,000 Japanese homes.
  • Apple’s data center in Maiden, North Carolina, is supported by projects that generate 244 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy per year, which is equivalent to the energy used by 17,906 North Carolina homes.
  • In Singapore, where land is scarce, Apple adapted and built its renewable energy on 800 rooftops.
  • Apple is currently constructing two new data centers in Denmark that will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one.

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