Thursday, 16 May 2013

Apple wins big with renewable energy
30 Mar 2013

Apple emerging as a major player in the renewable energy sector
Apple has emerged as a strong advocate for renewable energy, especially that of the solar variety. The famed technology company has taken an acute interest in solar power as a potential way to mitigate emissions and become more environmentally friendly. Last year, Apple's headquarters received an expansive rooftop solar power system, and the company has been making use of stationary hydrogen fuel-cells to power data centers in North Carolina. The company's enthusiasm concerning renewable energy seems to be paying off.

75% of Apple's energy comes from renewable sources
Apple has announced that it is now receives 75% of its power from renewable energy. That is to say that all of its corporate facilities receive the majority of their energy needs through renewable sources of power. Hydrogen fuel-cells and solar power are among the most popular renewable power sources for Apple. Much of the company's efforts in the realm of renewable energy can be found at its massive data center in Maiden, North Carolina. There, the largest end-user-owned solar power system in the U.S, can be found, as well as a comprehensive hydrogen fuel-cell network that helps power the data center. The solar array itself produces 20 MWs of renewable energy, with another 20 MWs expected to come online later this year.

Solar and hydrogen account for much of company's energy needs
Apple has plans to receive 100% of its energy from renewable sources in the near future. In the past, the company has been criticized for its environmental impact by environmental groups around the world. The company has also taken note of the rising costs of fossil fuels. In an effort to address these issues, Apple turned to renewable energy and found that solar and hydrogen fuel were capable enough to meet the company's needs.

Apple may be a strong example for others
Solar energy and hydrogen fuel are expected to continue playing major roles in the company's future. Apple does have some interest in other forms of renewable energy, such as wind and hydroelectric, but has only levied modest investments in both forms of renewable power. Apple may help serve as an example to other large companies that renewable energy is not only viable but solar and hydrogen, in particular, are effective ways to meet energy demand.