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Apple now powers all of its worldwide facilities - everything from retail stores to offices like Apple Park - with renewable energy, the company has announced today.

Although Hölzle explained the company adds a kilowatt hour of energy to the grid for every hour it spends, that may not be used to directly power its own data centres or offices, because the projects it supports may be in different geographical areas to its facilities, or the power generated at a different time. On top of that Apple has 15 additional projects in the works, which will increase that number to 1.4 gigawatts - more than enough to power the Flux Capacitor that may or may not be in Apple's mythic auto. So we'll keep signing contracts to buy more renewable energy.

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. Apple is now completely powered by renewable energy - and 23 of its manufacturing suppliers have committed to do the same.


Past year almost half of the world's new renewable energy investment of $279.8 billion (pdf, p.11) came from China, according to a report published April 5 by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and the sustainable energy finance center run by the United Nations Environment Program and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

Since 2014, all of Apple's data centres have been powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

Interestingly, tech rival Microsoft Corp broke new ground by signing the biggest single corporate solar agreement in USA history earlier this year.


"We're committed to leaving the world better than we found it". In 2017 alone, it brought 286 megawatts of its 626-megawatt total generation capacity online, with plans to have over 1.4 gigawatts of clean energy generation spread across 11 countries.

"After years of hard work we're proud to have reached this significant milestone", Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.

The new Apple Visitor Center is seen in Cupertino, California. Google had purchased a sizeable amount of renewable energy in 2017 to cover all of its electricity consumption world-wide.


A floating solar photovoltaic facility outside Nagoya, Japan producing power for one of Apple's component suppliers, Ibiden.

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