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Apple hails 100% renewable milestone for global facilities

Technology giant says all data centres, shops and offices in 43 nations now powered by wind, solar and other renewables

Apple said its global facilities are now 100% clean-powered, as the world’s technology giants continue to set the pace on renewable energy uptake by major corporates.

Apple’s shops, offices and data centres across 43 countries have achieved the milestone, said the California-based company, which set out its stall as a major spur to renewables project development as well as a green energy consumer.

Apple said its deals with utilities had resulted in 25 operating renewable projects totaling 625MW, part of a portfolio that will eventually total 1.4GW across 11 countries.

A statement said: “Apple creates or develops, with utilities, new regional renewable energy projects that would not otherwise exist. These 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.”

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Nine more members of its production supply chain have also pledged to power their production on a 100%-clean basis, bringing the total to 23, said the company, which said almost 500MW of wind and solar has been developed in China to reduce manufacturing-related emissions.

Apple’s announcement comes just days after fellow technology heavyweight Google said it had met its own 100% global renewable power target.

Apple, Google and technology-based peers such as Facebook and Amazon have been among the leaders of the corporate renewable energy movement, procuring large volumes of power for the data centres that underpin their operations.

Apple said it is building two new data centres in Denmark “that will run on 100% renewable energy from day one”.

Recharge reported earlier this year that market observers in the US expect large corporates to begin investing directly in large wind or solar projects as the natural next step in their clean energy strategy.

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