Singapore. On Sunday 15th of November, Apple announced that starting in January, solar energy developer Sunseap Group will provide the American company with 100 % renewable electricity from its portfolio of solar energy systems built on more than 800 buildings in the country. We already talked about Apple green effort in the article: Apple and its Green Side. Apple will be the first company in Singapore to run exclusively on renewable energy and marks a significant step in its bid to power all its facilities and operations worldwide with clean fuel, as green as it can.
Apple has developed different projects to clean up its operations at home and overseas, announcing, for example, plans in the next few months to build 200 megawatts of solar energy projects in China and work with suppliers there to source more renewable energy. It has also committed to buy power from a California solar farm to supply electricity for its new Silicon Valley campus and other facilities.
The Apple partnership will also give Sunseap financing to complete the solar project. Apple also announced that it will open its first store in Singapore, which will be powered by the program. According to reports, Apple has leased 3.300 square meter of space – over two floors – at CapitaGreen along Market Street in Singapore. The latter is the site of one of Apple’s largest overseas campuses, is small and densely populated, leaving little room for large, ground-mounted solar arrays. That prompted Sunseap to use rooftops to harness power from the sun. The rooftop solar panels will be placed on both public-owned buildings and Apple’s own facilities, generating 50 MWp of solar energy. Apple will receive 33 MW of the project’s capacity. The project won the backing of Singapore’s development board because it will also provide electricity for public-owned housing.