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Apple Continues its ‘Eco’ Streak with Solar Farm

Image courtesy of Wikimedia

Image courtesy of Wikimedia

When asked which tech company has recently stolen the spotlight from its competitors, I immediately thought, Apple. Duh.   I have yet to figure out if its competition is simply not partaking in as many remarkable ventures, or if the public just isn’t as interested as they are with Apple’s enterprises.   Among its latest projects are home automation kits, a smart watch, a rumored self-driving car, and investment in an entire solar farm to ensure the use of renewable energy for years to come.

According to Reuters, Apple is teaming up with First Solar, Inc. to purchase 130 megawatts (MW) of electricity, costing the tech giant a measly $848 million over 25 years.

“Given the profile of Apple and their reputation we think it’s going to stimulate a lot of other companies that may not have programs as active as Apple’s to ask questions – is there a smarter better way we can procure our energy?” stated Jim Hughes, CEO of First Solar.

So what does Apple plan to do with all this energy?

CEO Tim Cook spoke at an investors’ conference and stated that the company planned to use the energy to power its California operations, including several stores, a data center in Fremont, and its new campus in Cupertino.

This is not Apple’s first eco-friendly rodeo.  It has already converted 140 of its U.S. retail stores to rely completely on renewable energy, as well as all of its data centers.  And in case you were wondering…yes.  Apple is concerned with climate change and doing everything it can to eradicate it.

“We know at Apple that climate change is real,” stated Cook during a Goldman Sachs conference.  “The time for talk is past.  The time for action is now.”

The mega solar array will be constructed in Monterey County, and is expected to be finished by the end of 2016.  As for Apple, what do you think its next venture will be?  Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

 

 

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