Apple hits green energy target

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

Apple has been one of the pioneering tech giants who wanted to power their companies exclusively via clean energy sources, and now it seems they have realized their dream.

(Reuters) - Apple Inc on Monday said it had achieved its goal of powering all of the company's facilities with renewable energy, a milestone that includes all of its data centers, offices and retail stores in 43 countries.

In 2016, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted Apple the right to sell power it doesn't need from renewable resources it owns or has under contract.

At that time, we will be able to say that Apple is really using 100% renewable energy or green electricity, which does not mean that the entirety of its activity will be 100% ecological but would be a big step forward.

Not everyone on social media believed it, however.

The push toward renewable energy has included some creative solutions, including 300 solar rooftops in Japan and 800 in Singapore. In order to offset this, Apple purchases what are known as Renewable Energy Certificates, or REC's, which are a tradeable commodity that guarantees the use of clean energy sources. That brings the number of supplies that have signed on to the climate change fighting initiative to 23.

"We're seeing the benefits of an increasingly competitive clean energy market", said Jackson.

Collectively, the 25 projects have a generation capacity of 626 megawatts, with 286 megawatts of solar PV generation coming online in 2017, its most ever in one year. That proclamation followed a 2015 deal that made Apple the largest corporate user of renewable power in the U.S.

An additional 15 projects in construction are predicted to double the Apple renewable energy portfolio, to a total of 1.4 gigawatts, according to Apple.

Apple has revealed that on a global scale, the company is now powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

The 100 percent figure, however, only applies to Apple's own facilities, and not to its various partners in manufacturing and other operations. The leather that ECCO produces for Apple is of European origin, with tanning and cutting occurring at facilities in the Netherlands and China.

The new Apple Visitor Center is seen in Cupertino, California. So this announcement feels like a classic Apple product release. The latest nine suppliers include Finisar, an American firm that makes parts to power Face ID and Animoji and Pegatron with iPhone factories in Shanghai and Kunshan in China.

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