Apple announced on Sunday that it has made another major step in turning its worldwide operations green. The company has inked an agreement with a solar energy developer to power its Singapore operations with 100% renewable electricity. This will be possible due to its array of solar energy systems on the roofs of over 800 buildings in the city, reports Reuters.
As part of the agreement, Apple will help finance Sunseap to complete the solar project, states Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. This deal will turn Apple the first company in Singapore to run exclusively on renewable energy.
The panels will be placed on both public-owned buildings and Apple’s own facilities, and will generate 50 MW of solar energy, enough to power around 9,000 homes. Apple will get 33 MW of the total capacity.
The project is backed by the government because it will also provide electricity for publically-owned housing, Lisa Jackson assured.
Apple has recently announced two new programs in China that aim to reduce the carbon footprint of its manufacturing partners in the country: It will build more than 200 MW of solar projects in certain regions, and announced a partnership with Chinese suppliers to install more than 2 GW of new clean energy in the coming years.