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Apple turns to renewable energy for Singapore operations

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Apple? Singapore? renewable energy? solar? clean energy?

Apple is going green, at least in Singapore for now.

The tech giant announced over the weekend that it will start to power all of its operations in the Asian country with renewable energy, Indian Express reported.

According to the news outlet, Sunseap Group will provide Apple with 100 per cent of renewable energy starting January 2016. The solar energy provider has an array of systems built on top of more than 800 buildings in the country.

This makes Apple the first company in Singapore to run exclusively on renewable energy. Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, told Reuters the project will allow Singaporeans "to get access to energy while we meet our own renewable energy goals."

Rooftop solar panels will be placed on Apple's facilities and the company's first retail store in the city. The panels are expected to generate 50MW of solar energy, enough to power 9,000 homes, according to EchoWatch.

Aside from Singapore, Apple has also made some strides in clean energy initiatives in China. Last month, the U.S. tech giant launched two clean energy projects that aim to reduce the carbon footprints of its supply chain and manufacturing partners, CNET reported.

The first initiative involves building 200MW of solar projects, while the second project will see the installation of more than 2GW of clean energy production in two years' time, according to the news outlet.

Apple has been keen on showing its social conscience to the world, with projects that include powering data centres with clean energy and buying 36,000 acres of land in the United States. In a previous statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, "The transition to a new green economy requires innovation, ambition and purpose. We believe passionately in leaving the world better than we found it and hope that many other suppliers, partners and other companies join us in this important effort."

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