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Every Apple Store, Office And Data Centre Powered By 100% Renewable Energy : Tim Cook

| April 10 , 2018 , 13:15 IST

Apple on Monday said it had achieved a goal of "100 percent clean energy" for all its facilities around the world.

The California tech giant said its retail stores, offices, data centres and co-located facilities in 43 countries were operating with nonpolluting or renewable energy.

Nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to powering all of their Apple production with clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement, "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.

He added, "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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Apple said the company and its partners are building renewable energy projects around the world, including solar arrays and wind farms, as well as emerging technologies like biogas fuel cells, micro-hydro generation systems and energy storage technologies.

The company said it has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totalling 626 megawatts of generation capacity.  

Apple's headquarters Apple Park in Cupertino is the largest LEED Platinum-certified building in North America. Which is operated by 100% renewable energy from various sources, it has a 17-megawatt rooftop solar installation and 4 megawatts of biogas fuel cells and controlled by a microgrid with battery storage. It also provides clean energy back to the public grid during periods of low occupancy.

It has over 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects across 6 provinces of China for addressing upstream manufacturing emissions.  

Apple recently announced to build a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data centre in Waukee, Iowa, that will run entirely on renewable energy from day one. 

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It has signed a 200-megawatt power purchase agreement for an Oregon wind farm, the Montague Wind Power Project, in Prineville, Oregon, is set to come online by the end of 2019.

In Reno, Nevada, Apple made a partnership with the local utility, NV Energy, and over the last 4 years developed four new projects totalling 320 megawatts of solar PV generation.

Apple is partnering with local solar company Daini Denryoku In Japan, to install around 300 rooftop solar systems that will generate 18,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy every year enough to power more than 3,000 homes in Japan.

Apple's data center in Maiden, North Carolina, is backed by projects that generate 244 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy per year, the equivalent of the energy used by 17,606 households in North Carolina. 

In Singapore, where land is scarce, Apple adapted and built its renewable energy on 800 rooftops.

Two new data centers of Apple in Denmark currently under construction that will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one. 

Apple has 15 more projects in construction. Once built, over 1.4 gigawatts of renewable energy generation will be spread across 11 countries.