Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Apple, the World's Most Profitable Company, Now Operates on 100% Renewable Energy

Apple, the World's Most Profitable Company, Now Operates on 100% Renewable Energy

For now, though, Apple is either generating or paying for enough renewable power to offset its power usage in Apple stores, offices, data-centres, and other co-located sites. The company says it's now running 25 renewable energy projects globally, with 15 more in the process of being built.

While definitely a good thing, Engadget points out that this doesn't mean all of Apple's facilities are directly connected to renewable energy sources.

The journey to 100% renewable energy has taken years, with a slow progression of solar installations, wind farm energy contracts, and new facilities starting up on 100% renewables like its high-tech 400,000-square-foot data center that is on track for startup in 2020 in Waukee, Iowa.

Nine more members of its production supply chain have also pledged to power their production on a 100%-clean basis, bringing the total to 23, said the company, which said nearly 500MW of wind and solar has been developed in China to reduce manufacturing-related emissions.

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Apple is now building two data centers in Denmark that will run entirely on clean power. "We do want to get to a point where renewables and other carbon-free energy sources actually power our operations every hour of every day".

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. "After years of hard work we're proud to have reached this significant milestone", said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, in a press release.

To sum up, Apple is not technically using 100% renewable energy sources but it uses this term to imply that it can meet its global energy consumption in future by using green energy. Once built, over 1.4GW of clean energy generation will be spread across 11 countries, it said.

The announcement follows reports Apple has stepped up its opposition to moves in the U.S. to repeal the Clean Power Plan, warning that scrapping President Obama's flagship climate policy could undermine its current and future investments in renewable energy. Apple is also urging suppliers to follow its lead.

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