Apple's Energy 100 Percent Clean, Renewable, Company Says

Apple says all its facilities are now powered with clean energy

Apple says all its facilities are now powered with clean energy

Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino is powered by 100 percent renewable energy, in part from a 17-megawatt onsite rooftop solar installation. The company also noted that nine more of its manufacturing partners have committed to powering all of their Apple production with renewable energy, bringing the number of supplier commitments to 23.

All of the tech company's facilities around the world are powered by renewable energy, Apple announced Monday. For Apple CEO Tim Cook, energy conservation and sustainable development initiatives are a matter of pride, and he vows to keep to this uplifting task in the future as well.

Encouraging suppliers to follow suit in embracing 100% renewable energy is the next step for Apple.

The company has 15 more projects in construction.

Apple noted that it now has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, with 15 more in construction.

Apple's shift to renewable energy came as costs for solar and wind have been plunging thanks to technological advances and increased global production of panels and turbines.

Apple also says that its renewable energy efforts represent a "diverse range of energy sources" that includes solar arrays, wind farms, as well as more experimental technology like biogas fuel cells and micro-hydro energy systems. It is now the largest LEED Platinum-certified office building in North America that brings together solar, biogas, batteries, and a microgrid controller to keep everything playing nicely together to meet the energy needs of the facility. As of today, the company's officially adding retail stores, offices and co-located facilities to that list, covering 43 countries, including the US, China, UK and India.

Since 2011, Apple's joint clean energy projects have reduced carbon emissions by 54 per cent across global facilities.

To offset this, Apple buys renewable energy certificates, which guarantee the cleanliness of an energy source. That puts clean energy back into the power grid in greater measure than the company uses. Major energy projects have pushed the company toward clean operations.

DSM Engineering Plastics, which manufactures polymers and compounds in the Netherlands, Taiwan and China that are used in many Apple products, including connectors and cables.

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