Apple has announced that its global facilities and data centres are now being powered by renewable energy sources.
The switch to clean energy sources came as part of Apple’s commitment to combat climate change and create a healthier environment.
Tim Cook, the company’s CEO who made this announcement, said the milestone was a result of years of hard work and that the company is “committed to leaving the world better than we found it”. He further said that the company’s “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.” This achievement includes retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries — including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India. The company also announced nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.
In November 2015, Sunseap announced that it will be supplying Apple with 100% clean energy. As at 2018, it is gathered that Apple currently has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totaling 626 megawatts of generation capacity, with 286 megawatts of solar PV generation coming online in 2017, its most ever in one year. It also has 15 more projects in construction. Once built, over 1.4 gigawatts of clean renewable energy generation will be spread across 11 countries.
With all of Apple’s facilities and data centres being powered by renewable energy resources, it has surpassed Microsoft, whose goal is to “pass the 50 percent milestone by the end of 2018, top 60 percent early in the next decade, and then to keep improving from there” and announced a deal with Sunseap for it’s Singapore data centre.
Some of Apple’s suppliers and facilities on the grid of renewable clean energy includes;
- a. Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, powered by powered by 100 percent renewable energy from multiple sources, including a 17-megawatt onsite rooftop solar installation and four megawatts of biogas fuel cells, and controlled by a microgrid with battery storage. It also gives clean energy back to the public grid during periods of low occupancy, making it the largest LEED Platinum-certified office building in North America.
b. Over 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects, developed across six provinces of China to address upstream manufacturing emissions.
c. Apple recently announced plans to build a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data center in Waukee, Iowa, that will run entirely on renewable energy from day one.
d. A 200-megawatt power purchase agreement in Prineville, Oregun for a wind farm, the Montague Wind Power Project, set to come online by the end of 2019.
e. Four new projects totaling 320 megawatts of solar PV generation in Reno, Nevada.
f. 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.
g. 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.
h. Apple is currently constructing two new data centers in Denmark that will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one.
Other Apple’s partners and suppliers on the clean energy grid include those of Arkema, DSM Engineering Plastics, ECCO Leather, Finisar, Luxshare-ICT, Pegatron, Quadrant, Quanta Computer, and Taiyo Ink Mfg. Co.
Altogether, clean energy from Apple’s supplier projects has helped to avoid over 1.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gases from being emitted in 2017 — the equivalent of taking more than 300,000 cars off the road. In addition, over 85 suppliers have registered for Apple’s Clean Energy Portal, an online platform that Apple developed to help suppliers identify commercially viable renewable energy solutions in regions around the world.
Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976, to develop and sell personal computers. It was incorporated as Apple Computer, Inc. on January 3, 1977, and was renamed as Apple Inc.
The American multinational technology company designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services. Its hardware products include the iPhone smartphone, the iPad tablet computer, the Mac personal computer, the iPod portable media player, and the Apple Watch smartwatch. Apple’s consumer software includes the OS X and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, and the iLife and iWork creativity and productivity suites. Its online services include the iTunes Store, the iOS App Store and Mac App Store, and iCloud. Apple is headquartered in Cupertino, California.