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Apple to run its Singapore operations on renewable energy

Nurdianah Md Nur | Nov. 16, 2015
Sunseap Group will power Apple’s corporate campus and new retail store in the republic with 100 percent renewable electricity from January next year.

Apple yesterday (15 November 2015) announced that its corporate campus and new retail store in Singapore will be powered by renewable energy from January next year.

The renewable energy will be supplied by Singapore solar energy developer Sunseap Group's solar energy systems, built atop more than 800 public-owned buildings and Apple's own facilities in the republic.

Lisa Jackson, Apple's Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, told Reuters that the rooftop solar panels will generate 50 megawatts (MW) of solar energy, which is sufficient to power about 9,000 homes. The company will receive 33MW of the project's capacity, and the remaining power will provide electricity for public-owned housing.

This move makes Apple the first company in Singapore to run exclusively on renewable energy, and support the company's efforts to power 100 percent of its facilities and operations worldwide with clean fuel, reported Reuters. Jackson said that the project was a model in "urban greening", and would allow Singaporeans "to get access to energy while Apple meet its own renewable energy goals."

Apple has embarked on various projects to clean up its operations at home and overseas. This includes its commitment to purchase power from a California solar farm to power its Silicon Valley campus and other facilities, as well as its plans to build 200MW of solar energy projects in China, and work with suppliers there to source more renewable energy. 

 

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