Apple announces that it is now powered by 100% renewable energy

 17 megawatts of onsite rooftop solar installation power Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino, CA. Image via Apple. 

17 megawatts of onsite rooftop solar installation power Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino, CA. Image via Apple. 

Here's an amazing milestone: Apple today announced that all of its worldwide facilities are powered with 100 percent clean, renewable energy. This figure includes facilities in 43 countries around the world. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company is "committed to leaving the world better than we found it."

“We’re committed to leaving the world better than we found it. After years of hard work we’re proud to have reached this significant milestone,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it.
— https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/04/apple-now-globally-powered-by-100-percent-renewable-energy/

Apple has invested in and constructed renewable energy facilities all around the globe, including solar arrays, wind farms, micro-hydrogeneration systems, biogas fuel cells, and energy storage technologies. The company has 25 operational renewable energy projects, generating 626 megawatts of capacity. 286 megawatts of solar photovoltaic generation came online in 2017, and the company is building or investing in 15 more projects that will bring its total to 1.4 gigawatts of generation when finished.

 This solar panel installation in China is mounted high so yaks can graze beneath it. Image via Apple

This solar panel installation in China is mounted high so yaks can graze beneath it. Image via Apple

In addition to Apple, the total number of suppliers who have committed to using clean energy has now risen to 23. New suppliers that have signed up include Quanta Computer, Pegatron, and Finisar.