Global Apple facilities powered with 100 percent clean energy

Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California, includes a 17-megawatt onsite rooftop solar installation.
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As part of its commitment to combat climate change and build a healthier environment, multi-national technology company Apple announced its global facilities are now powered with 100 percent clean energy. This includes retail stores, offices, data centers, and co-located facilities in 43 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, China, and India.

“We are committed to leaving the world better than we found it,” said Tim Cook, Apple CEO. “After years of hard work, we are proud to have reached this significant milestone. We are 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’s global renewable energy projects include:

  • Apple Park, the company’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California, and the largest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum-certified office building in North America;
  • a 37,161-m2 (400,000-sf) data center in Waukee, Iowa, which will run entirely on renewable energy from day one;
  • a data center in Maiden, North Carolina, which is supported by projects that generate 244 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy per year; and
  • more than 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects developed across six provinces in China to address upstream manufacturing emissions.
In China, high-mounted solar panels let sunlight shine through, so grass can grow and feed local yaks.

Apple’s data centers have been powered by 100 percent renewable energy since 2011. According to Apple, the company’s renewable energy projects have reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its facilities worldwide by 54 percent.

The company also announced nine more of its manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number of participating partners to 23.

The company currently has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totaling 626 megawatts of generation capacity. It also has 15 more projects in construction.

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