By Devindra Hardawar
After years of chasing the dream of clean energy, Apple announced that it’s facilities are now 100 percent powered by renewable sources. That’s up from the 96 percent in 2016, according to its latest energy report. Apple claims the new milestone covers power usage in its stores, offices, data centers and co-located sites across 43 countries. As for manufacturing, it’s received commitments from 23 partners (including Pegatron and Quanta Computer) to build Apple products using renewable energy.
To be clear, though, Apple’s announcement doesn’t mean all of its facilities are directlyconnected to clean energy. Instead, in some cases the company is putting renewables back into the grid to offset the fossil fuels it uses up. That’s something Google is also doing for its offices and data centers. An Apple representative tells us that it also relies on renewable energy certificates (or RECs) for around 34 percent of its usage, while the rest is made up from its own green projects. RECs allow companies to make up for their carbon usage by buying renewable energy. Apple is working towards covering all of its energy needs with its own solutions, the rep says.