Apple has announced a partnership with Arizona utility Salt River Project (SRP) to create new renewable energy generation to power Apple’s new global data command center. The photovoltaic solar power plant will feed clean power into SRP’s grid that supports the Apple facility, producing up to 151 million kilowatt-hours a year.
Four years ago, Apple committed to power its data centers with 100 percent renewable energy. Since 2009, Greenpeace has benchmarked the energy performance of the IT sector in its annual Clicking Clean report, which is due out at the end of September.
“Apple has taken another important step to deliver on its commitment to powering its corner of the internet with 100 percent renewable energy. This deal once again shows that renewables are not just good for the environment, but good for business,” says Greenpeace Senior IT Analyst Gary Cook. “Greenpeace will be updating our analysis of who is winning the race to build a renewably powered internet in our Clicking Clean report at the end of the month. It is great to see industry leaders like Apple answering their customers’ call for clean energy.”