Apple is now completely powered by renewable energy

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Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino is powered by 100 percent renewable energy, in part from a 17-megawatt onsite rooftop solar installation. But according to Apple, it is doing just that: Its retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries are all powered by renewable energy.

The company also announced that nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.

ECCO Leather, the first soft goods supplier to commit to 100 percent clean energy for its Apple production. For Apple CEO Tim Cook, energy conservation and sustainable development initiatives are a matter of pride, and he vows to keep to this uplifting task in the future as well. China's investment in renewable energy-excluding large hydro projects-rose 30% compared with 2016, and was more than three times of that of the United States, whose investment in the sector dropped 6% from 2016 to $40.5 billion previous year.

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For example, 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects have been built in China to address emissions from its huge manufacturing presence in the country.

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.

"We're building new data centers and offices, and as demand for Google products grows, so does our electricity load".

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Apple, Google and technology-based peers such as Facebook and Amazon have been among the leaders of the corporate renewable energy movement, procuring large volumes of power for the data centres that underpin their operations. Google had purchased a sizeable amount of renewable energy in 2017 to cover all of its electricity consumption world-wide.

The suppliers that pledge to use more clean energy know they will have "a leg up" against competitors for Apple's business, Jackson told Reuters. It is all controlled by a microgrid with battery storage, and gives clean energy back to the public grid during periods of low occupancy.

"We're seeing the benefits of an increasingly competitive clean energy market".

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Apple's full press release can be viewed over here.