Date
18 November 2018
Apple's 50-megawatt solar farm, east of the firm’s data center in Mesa, Arizona is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on Monday. Credit: Apple/Reuters
Apple's 50-megawatt solar farm, east of the firm’s data center in Mesa, Arizona is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on Monday. Credit: Apple/Reuters

Apple says all its facilities now powered fully by clean energy

Apple said on Monday that it has achieved its goal of powering all of its global facilities, including data centers, offices and retail stores, with 100 percent renewable energy.

The US tech giant also said nine suppliers had recently committed to running their operations entirely on renewable energy sources like wind and solar, bringing to 23 the total number to make such a pledge, Reuters reports.

“We’re not spending any more than we would have,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for environment, policy and social initiatives, was quoted as saying in an interview.

“We’re seeing the benefits of an increasingly competitive clean energy market.”

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.

Renewable energy projects that provide power to Apple facilities range from large wind farms in the US to clusters of hundreds of rooftop solar systems in Japan and Singapore.

The company has also urged utilities to procure renewable energy to help power Apple’s operations.

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

The suppliers that pledge to use more clean energy know they will have “a leg up” against competitors for Apple’s business, Jackson told Reuters.

“We made it clear that over time this will become less of a wish list and more of a requirement,” she said.

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