Apple's facilities now completely run on clean energy


An Apple logo is seen on the building's facade.

Apple is now 100 per cent powered by renewables having today confirmed all of its global retail stores, offices, data centres, and co-located facilities across 43 countries are now run entirely on clean electricity.

This figure does not include Apple's third-party suppliers or manufacturers, although the company is convincing many of those to switch to 100% renewable sources too ...

ECCO Leather, the first soft goods supplier to commit to 100 percent clean energy for its Apple production.

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

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Google has hit a new milestone in its efforts to go green and previous year the company was able to purchase enough renewable energy to match all the electricity its operations used worldwide.

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.

The world added more solar power capacity than any other type of energy in 2017, outpacing all fossil fuels, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). While Apple was able to use its huge cash flow to develop that energy generation, they did so and remained the world's most profitable company.

The facility eventually will power Wynn's newest 280,000-square-foot meeting and convention expansion with 100 percent renewable energy. It is now the largest LEED Platinum-certified office building in North America that brings together solar, biogas, batteries, and a microgrid controller to keep everything playing nicely together to meet the energy needs of the facility.

Not only does its investment in green energy sources mean it's making a conscious effort to reduce its carbon footprint significantly, it's also financing the green energy economy, with current contracts contributing more than $3 billion in new capital investment around the world. Google had purchased a sizeable amount of renewable energy in 2017 to cover all of its electricity consumption world-wide. Its data centres now source 44 per cent of power needs from renewable energy. The company says it has also made headway with its manufacturing partners and suppliers, though there's still some way to go. So this announcement feels like a classic Apple product release.