Last July, Apple revealed its ambitious plan to become carbon neutral across its entire business and product life cycle by 2030. Since that announcement, the company has substantially increased its efforts to make that plan a reality. Whether it is increasing the number of its suppliers that are transitioning to renewable energy or constructing a new battery-based renewable energy storage facility in California.
Last month, Apple Inc has announced that it is building a major battery-based solar energy storage project in California. The company started investing directly in renewable energy projects to cover a portion of upstream emissions, as well as to pilot new solutions for renewable infrastructure.
The newly announced setup will be capable of storing 240 megawatt-hours of energy. It will consist of 85 Tesla lithium-ion “megapacks” as reported by The Verge. Although Tesla is best known for its electric cars, it has also increasingly involved in large-scale energy storage projects like Apple’s after it bought Solar City.
The project will be installed next to the California Flats solar installation about 100 miles southeast of Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters. The site sends 130MW of electricity directly to Apple’s California facilities during daylight hours but does not provide power during dark hours.
Apple also announced that over 110 of its manufacturing partners around the globe are progressing to 100% renewable energy for their Apple production, with nearly 8 gigawatts of planned clean energy set to come online. Once completed, these commitments will avoid over 15 million metric tons of CO2e annually.
To get to 100 % renewable energy for its own facilities, the company worked to set an example for others to follow. Apple’s Clean Energy Portal, an online platform that Apple developed to help suppliers identify commercially viable renewable energy solutions in regions around the world. It is the result of such initiatives by Apple that more than 110 of its manufacturing partners benefitted from this portal and transitioned towards renewable energy.
Apple is already carbon neutral. At least it is what the company claims and with this new commitment, they intend that by 2030, every Apple device sold will have a net-zero climate impact.