17 MW Rooftop Solar Panels On Apple Park

Apple Park To Run Completely On Renewable Energy; 17 MW Rooftop Solar Panels Installed
04:33 PM (Beijing Time) - 27. February 2017
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Apple will open its much awaited Apple Park for the employees by April 2017. An energy efficient building, it is expected to not need any heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year. (Photo Credit: Apple)

Key Takeaways

  • Apple has announced that its Apple Park has installed 17 MW of rooftop solar capacity
  • The building will run one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world
  • The entire campus will run completely on renewable energy
  • Apple is already powering its operations in the US, China and 21 other countries with 100% renewables

On the occasion of the 62nd birthday of Steve Jobs, Apple announced that it will open the much awaited Apple Park for its employees in April 2017. The space ship shaped building has installed 17 MW of rooftop solar capacity. Apple Park will run one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world. The building is powered by 100% renewable energy.

Apple’s new heais one of the world’s largest naturally ventilated buildings, ‘projected to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year’.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We’ve achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy.”

Apple in September 2016 joined global renewable energy initiative RE100, reaffirming its commitment to reaching 100 percent renewable energy worldwide and pledging to work with the initiative to drive clean energy into the manufacturing supply chain.

Apple is already powering its operations in the US, China and 21 other countries with 100% renewables. In 2015, it powered 93% of its operations around the world with renewable energy.

Last September, Apple completed construction on a 50 MW solar farm in Arizona. (Photo Credit: Apple)
Last September, Apple completed construction on a 50 MW solar farm in Arizona. (Photo Credit: Apple)

The US company continues to invest in high-quality, clean energy projects to help it meet and maintain its goal. Last September, Apple completed construction on a 50 MW solar farm in Arizona. Apple worked with local utility Salt River Project on the solar array, which provides renewable power to Apple’s global command data center in Mesa, Arizona. That’s equal to the energy use of over 12,000 Arizona homes.

Anu Bhambhani

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