$850-million solar energy plant to power Apple’s new headquarters
Apple has left behind giants like Google, Facebook, Amazon and many more in its green quest for which they had promised a shift to pure renewable energy sources for powering their data centers and office buildings. After last month’s $2 billion investment in massive 70-megwatt solar-powered global data command center in neighborhood of Arizona, now Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced establishment of $850-million solar farm with 130-megawatt capacity to power its stores and facilities located in California.
Apple plans to work on this project which spreads over 1,300 acres in the interior of central California’s Monterey County, with the First Solar, a leading global provider of photovoltaic panels. Apple plans to power its two Cupertino campuses and state’s 52 stores with energy generated from these green developments. The company already has the First Solar California Flats Solar Projects, which is the largest solar procurement deal by Apple and, as it appears at this point of time, Apple isn’t going to stop here.
Commenting on the environmental and economical benefits of shifting to solar energy, Joe Kishkill, Chief Commercial Officer for First Solar said:
Over time, the renewable energy from California Flats will provide cost savings over alternative sources of energy as well as substantially lower environmental impact. Apple is leading the way in addressing climate change by showing how large companies can serve their operations with 100 percent clean, renewable energy.
Further, Apple had released a report in 2014 claiming that while the energy consumption has gone up by 44 percent, Apple’s carbon footprint has fallen by nearly a third from fiscal year 2011 to 2013. However, Apple is facing tough time to control the carbon footprints from its manufacturing partners overseas like in China. It looks like Apple can go green with its headquarters and all the stores in California, but is helpless in case of its overseas partners, which will hit its overall average carbon footprint. Anyway, it’s a good step to go softer on ecology and assist delaying climate change.