Apple’s Singapore operations to be 100% solar-powered

The world's largest technology company has announced that its entire Singapore operations, including a 2,500-person corporate campus and a forthcoming retail store, will be 100% powered by solar panels.

Apple will receive clean energy from Singapore solar developer Sunseap under a long-term contract beginning January 2016.

The company said the power will come from solar installations on the rooftops of more than 800 buildings in Singapore.

Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social Initiatives Lisa Jackson said: “Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time, and it’s going to take determination and innovation to make the much needed transition to a green economy.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Sunseap and the government of Singapore to pioneer new ways to bring solar energy to the country — and bring Apple even closer to our goal of powering our facilities around the world with 100% renewable energy.”

Apple is expected to open its first retail store in Singapore in 2016.

Greening the Apple

The deal, which makes Apple the first company to be powered by 100% renewable energy in Singapore, is the latest green investment in Asia by the firm.

Last month, Apple announced plans to clean up its manufacturing supply chain in China by building new renewable energy capacity and improving efficiency measures.

The company’s direct China operations (offices and retail stores) are already 100% powered by renewable energy

Globally, Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced in February an $848m commitment to clean energy in the form of a 280MW solar farm in California.

Apple also recently announced a $1.7bn plan to build two giant data centres in Europe, both powered by 100% renewable energy, and last week invested £1m in Ireland’s ocean energy industry.

Brad Allen 

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