A new partnership to drive renewable energy growth in the US

In China solar panels are mounted high off the ground to let sunlight shine through so grass can grow- and local yaks can eat

In China solar panels are mounted high off the ground to let sunlight shine through so grass can grow- and local yaks can eat

At Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, a 17-megawatt solar panel installation on the roof and biogas fuel cells bring in clean energy.

While the company committed to 100 percent clean energy for its datacenters in 2014, today's announcement includes everything from retail stores and offices to datacenters and co-located facilities across 43 countries.

This figure does not include Apple's third-party suppliers or manufacturers, although the company is convincing many of those to switch to 100% renewable sources too ...

"We're not spending any more than we would have", Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president for environment, policy and social initiatives, was quoted as saying in an interview. "After years of hard work we're proud to have reached this significant milestone", said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Across the world Apple and partners are working on developing renewable energy projects that represent a diverse range of energy sources from solar arrays to wind farms, biogas fuel cells and micro-hydro generation systems.

Apple's renewable energy projects around the world amount to a staggering 626 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity, with 286 MW coming from photovoltaic solar production that came online in 2017 alone. The company has 25 operational renewable-energy plants around the world, and 15 more are being built.

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Apple is now building two new data centers in Denmark that will run on 100 percent renewable energy.

Apple achieving 100% renewable energy for all of its operations globally is an impressive feat that begs the question to other corporations around the world: If Apple can do it, why can't you?

As for its suppliers, Apple said their use of clean energy helped prevent 1.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gases from being emitted in 2017 - the equivalent of taking more than 300,000 cars off the road.

This news came just a week after Google's claim that it now purchases enough renewable energy to offset its global energy consumption.

China has been aggressively adopting renewable energy in recent years to deal with its airpocalypse-like pollution. The company says it has also made headway with its manufacturing partners and suppliers, though there's still some way to go.

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