All of Apple Global Facilities Powered By 100% Renewable Energy

Apple now powered by 100% renewable energy - will suppliers follow suit?

"After years of hard work we're proud to have reached this significant milestone", said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. The article notes that eight years ago, only 16% of Apple's facilities were powered by renewable energy.

Apple, Google and technology-based peers such as Facebook and Amazon have been among the leaders of the corporate renewable energy movement, procuring large volumes of power for the data centres that underpin their operations. All the electricity that Apple uses is not directly from a solar farm or a wind farm but the company compensates for this by buying the equivalent of all its electricity needs in green electricity, through Renewable Energy Certificates.

As part of its push to become a 100% renewably powered company, Apple has invested in 25 energy projects across the world that provide it with 626 megawatts of green energy capacity, with 15 similar initiatives now under construction. These projects will include the likes of solar arrays, wind farms, biogas fuel cells and even micro-hydro systems.

"There were some hours when thermal fossil power plants and/or imports were required to complement the electricity supply of Portugal", the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association (APREN) reported. While becoming 100% dependent on clean energy at its facilities is an achievement, environmental experts said the bigger challenge will be making the manufacturers of the more than 200 million iPhones and 43 million iPads it sells annually wholly dependent on renewable energy. Apple creates or develops, with utilities, new regional renewable energy projects that would not otherwise exist.

Apple also announced this week that 23 of its suppliers have also committed to using 100 percent renewable energy.

Apple announced on Monday that its entire global business is fueled by 100 percent clean energy. Last year, 286 megawatts of solar PV generation came online, its most ever in one year.

A floating solar photovoltaic facility outside Nagoya, Japan producing power for one of Apple's component suppliers, Ibiden. As Apple put it, "To get to 100 percent renewable energy for its own facilities, the company worked to set an example for others to follow". More and more Apple buildings are running in total energy autonomy and the huge Apple Park 100% operated with green energy. The company says it has 25 operational clean energy projects around the world, with another 15 projects now in construction.

Apple's full press release can be viewed over here.

However, Apple seems to have kept its RECs "closely associated with the actual energy".

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