Apple gets green light to sell solar energy

Apple has been granted permission to sell energy from its $850 million (£645m) solar farm. Last Thursday, energy officials in Washington DC said the company could sell power from the site in California at market prices. The technology firm bought the 2,900 acre, 130MW facility last year. According to Apple, renewable energy generated at the Monterey […]

Apple and Amazon among firms backing Obama’s emissions plan

Four technology giants have shown their support for US President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CCP). The CCP aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 32% by 2030 but it was blocked by the Supreme Court in February. Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft have sent a document called ‘Amicus Brief’ to the US Court backing […]

Apple reveals green supply chain progress

Technology giant Apple and its suppliers reduced 13,800 metric tonnes of carbon emissions in 2015. In its ‘Supplier Responsibility  2016 Progress Report’, the firm claims its energy efficiency programme helped achieve those reductions. Some of the improvements the firm and its suppliers made were replacing outdated and inefficient heating, cooling and lighting systems, repairing compressed […]

Apple invests €1m in Irish marine energy

Apple has pledged to invest €1 million (£0.7m) in the marine energy sector in Ireland. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the technology giant. The cash will be granted to developers to test their ocean energy prototypes in the Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site, […]

Apple launches green energy programmes in China

Apple has launched two clean energy programmes in China to reduce its carbon footprint. The multinational technology firm claims the projects will help reduce more than 20 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the country by 2020. Apple aims to install more than 200MW of solar projects in different regions of the nation – […]

Internet firms’ eco-net ambitions under threat – Greenpeace

Internet companies want a renewable-powered internet but their green ambitions are being blocked by the utility sector. That’s the view of a Greenpeace report which says the rapid growth in the digital world is being powered by what it calls ‘dirty energy’. Gary Cook, Senior IT Analyst for Greenpeace USA said: “Tech companies are increasingly […]

Apple invests in solar projects in China

Apple has joined forces with solar panel maker SunPower to build two solar projects in China. They will be located in the Sichuan province and have a total capacity of 40MW – generating 80 million kWh of electricity every year. The projects are expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015. Tom Werner, […]

Apple invests €1.7bn in green EU data centres

Apple has announced plans to build and operate two data centres in Europe powered entirely by renewable energy. It will invest €1.7 billion (£1.2bn) in the facilities located in County Galway, Ireland and Denmark’s central Jutland. The data centres will power Apple’s online services including the iTunes Store, the App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri […]

Apple to invest $2bn in solar-powered facility

Apple has made a commitment to invest $2 billion (£1.3bn) in a facility that will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Located in Arizona in the US, the so-called “command centre” is expected to create up to 500 construction and trade jobs as well as 150 permanent jobs. A 70MW solar farm, which will be […]

Will new iPhone be solar-powered?

Is tech giant Apple planning to make its iPhone with a solar panel in the case? A common criticism of recent iPhone models is their relatively short battery life, with juice running out in less than a day. Rumours circled this week the iPhone 6 may have a battery boosted by solar power. That’s after […]