Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

Government earmarks $230m for renewable energy project

Government earmarks $230m for renewable energy project

The facilities include retail stores, offices and data centres in 43 countries, the company said.

Apple's global energy supply is now 100 percent renewable, according to a statement released Monday from the company's Cupertino, California, headquarters.

DTE Energy, a major energy supplier in MI, has announced plans to add some 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to its portfolios by 2022. It's not just solar, either: there are also wind farms, biogas fuel cells, and micro-hydro generation, along with various energy storage technologies to actually save that electricity until it's required.

As Apple put it, "To get to 100 percent renewable energy for its own facilities, the company worked to set an example for others to follow".

Previous year almost half of the world's new renewable energy investment of $279.8 billion (pdf, p.11) came from China, according to a report published April 5 by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and the sustainable energy finance center run by the United Nations Environment Program and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

The move is in line with the company's 2015 plan to push toward 100-percent renewable energy, a list that includes all of Apple's data centers as of 2014.

Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight
For now, the company's engineers will be reviewing the valuable flight, motor, and performance data gleaned from the test flight. The view from Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity during the spaceliner's first rocket-powered test on April 5, 2018 .

Apple's new spaceship campus has solar panels on the roof.

The company has built numerous wind and solar farms in cooperation with local institutions, as well as intense focus on environmental sustainability during development of its new buildings like Apple Park.

Dedicated exclusively to Wynn Las Vegas, the Wynn solar facility offsets up to 75 percent of the resort's peak power requirements.

The announcement follows reports Apple has stepped up its opposition to moves in the USA to repeal the Clean Power Plan, warning that scrapping President Obama's flagship climate policy could undermine its current and future investments in renewable energy. Google had purchased a sizeable amount of renewable energy in 2017 to cover all of its electricity consumption world-wide.

The suppliers that pledge to use more clean energy know they will have "a leg up" against competitors for Apple's business, Jackson told Reuters. When they're complete, it'll mean in excess of 1.4 gigawatts of energy generation, spread across a total of eleven countries.

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