Apple's been pushing for more investment in renewable energy for quite some time now, and nearly two years ago announced that its operations in 23 countries, including the US and UK, were completely powered by renewable sources. Now it takes things one step further, claiming all of its global facilities are powered by clean energy sources.
Apple's been investing large sums of money into renewable energy over the past several years, including £1.25 billion on two European data centres and an $850 million solar farm in Monterey California. Now this extends to 43 countries around the world, with 25 renewable energy projects that offer 626 megawatts of energy generation capacity. On top of that Apple has 15 additional projects in the works, which will increase that number to 1.4 gigawatts - more than enough to power the Flux Capacitor that may or may not be in Apple's mythic car.
While definitely a good thing, Engadget points out that this doesn't mean all of Apple's facilities are directly connected to renewable energy sources. Some of them will still rely on power generated by fossil fuels, but Apple is offsetting that by adding its own renewable energy back into the grid. It also relies on buying renewable energy for around 34 per cent of its energy usage, though plans to reduce that figure to zero and rely on its own solutions in the future.
For now, though, Apple is either generating or paying for enough renewable power to offset its power usage in Apple stores, offices, data-centres, and other co-located sites. Manufacturing isn't all there yet, but the company claims to have an additional nine manufacturing partners promising to power its facilities by 100 per cent renewable energy - increasing the total to 23.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said,
"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."