Apple to go 100% solar in Singapore

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Apple is planning power all its Singapore operations from rooftop solar. Image: Sunseap.

Tech firm Apple is to power all of its operations in Singapore through solar.

The Silicon Valley giant is teaming with local renewable energy firm Sunseap, which will install solar systems on 800 buildings across Singapore to meet Apple’s needs.

Under the deal, Sunseap will provide Apple with the power from 1.1MWp of leased PV systems via an off-site power purchase agreement.

According to Sunseap, the deal will make Apple the first company in Singapore to be 100% powered by renewable energy. The company is eventually aiming to power all its operations worldwide from renewables.

“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,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives. “This deal will cover all of our electricity needs in Singapore, including our 2,500-person corporate campus and new retail store. 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.”

“This project is testament to Singapore’s position as the leading clean energy hub in Asia where companies can conveniently develop, test and commercialise innovative energy technologies and business models,” said Goh Chee Kiong, executive director of cleantech for the Singapore Economic Development Board.

“We are confident that this pioneering business model of offsite power-purchase agreements will help Singapore address our space scarcity challenge and spur even more companies in Singapore to scale their renewable energy usage.”

Apple has already made a number of significant steps towards powering its operation from clean energy sources. Last month the company announced a deal to build 200MW of PV in China as part of a wider plan to deploy 2GW of renewables in the country.

On home turf, Apple earlier this year struck a US$850 million deal to purchase all of the power from First Solar’s 130MW California Flats PV project in Monterey County.

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