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Apple goes all in for renewable energy

BY Marianne Wilson

Apple marks an energy milestone.

The company announced that, as part of its commitment to combat climate change and create a healthier environment, its global facilities are now powered with 100% clean energy. The achievement includes all of Apple’s retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries — including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India.

“After years of hard work we’re proud to have reached this significant milestone,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our 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.”

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. The company’s renewable energy projects represent a diverse range of energy sources, including solar arrays and wind farms as well as emerging technologies like biogas fuel cells, micro-hydro generation systems and energy storage technologies.

In addition, Apple Park, Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., is now the largest LEED Platinum-certified office building in North America. It is powered by 100% 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.

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