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Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino is powered by 100 percent renewable energy, in part from a 17-megawatt onsite rooftop solar installation.
Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino is powered by 100 percent renewable energy, in part from a 17-megawatt onsite rooftop solar installation. | © Apple
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Apple Is Now Globally Powered By 100% Renewable Energy

Picture of Claire Lancaster
Tech & Entrepreneurship Editor
Updated: 12 April 2018
Apple now runs on 100 percent green energy.

The tech giant has announced that all of its global facilities – including stores, offices, and data centers – are now powered with 100 percent clean energy.

As part of a “commitment to combat climate change and create a healthier environment,” Apple has turned to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydrogen, and other clean energy sources to power its buildings around the world.

The company is also encouraging its suppliers to run on green energy, announcing that nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.

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Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino is powered by 100 percent renewable energy, in part from a 17-megawatt onsite rooftop solar installation. | © Apple

The company is also building new renewable energy projects around the world, improving the energy options for local communities, states and even entire countries.

Currently numbering 25 initiatives, the projects represent a diverse range of energy sources, including solar rays and wind farms, as well as emerging technologies such as biogas fuel cells.

In China, more than 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects have been developed across six provinces with the goal of addressing upstream manufacturing emissions. In Singapore, where land is scarce, Apple built renewable energy solar panels on 800 rooftops. There are currently 15 more projects in construction around the world. Once built, over 1.4 gigawatts of clean renewable energy generation will be spread across 11 countries.

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Sunseap, a clean energy provider, manages 32 megawatts of solar panels on more than 800 rooftops in Singapore. | © Apple

To date, clean energy from supplier projects has already helped avoid over 1.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gases from being emitted in 2017 — the equivalent of taking more than 300,000 cars off the road.

“We’re committed to leaving the world better than we found it. 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.”

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In China, solar panels are mounted high off the ground to let sunlight shine through, so grass can grow — and local yaks can eat it. | © Apple

Since 2011, all of Apple’s renewable energy projects have reduced greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) by 54 percent from its facilities worldwide and prevented nearly 2.1 million metric tons of CO2e from entering the atmosphere.

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