The king of mobile technology has just shaken hands with a Chinese wind power company. Apple wants to take part in the creation of a better world, where everyone has the means to cut down on the use of carbon emissions.
The vice-president of environment, policy and social initiatives from Apple declared that this partnership would be the biggest deal for clean energy on the planet. The company in question is Xinjiang Goldwind Sci & Tech Co Ltd, and it has become at the beginning of 2016 the largest wind turbine maker in the world.
Apple has already invested in four of Goldwind’s subsidiaries located in Henan, Shandong, Shanxi, and Yunnan. The tech giant will receive 30% stake in each. However, the statement Goldwind delivered on December 7th didn’t disclose any further details of the partnership.
The purpose of this partnership is to deliver ecological energy sources for its Chinese third party suppliers. This move aligns Apple with the latest trend recorded among Silicon Valley companies. Many successful organizations are investing large budgets in their goal to become less dependent on non-renewable sources of energy. These new assets are supposed to collect 285MW of clean energy. This massive amount will go directly to the facilities belonging to Apple’s supply chain manufacturers.
Apple isn’t at its first step in the market for green energy. In June 2015, the company began an ambitious project with SunPower from California. The result of this partnership materialized in two solar panels of a total of 40 MW. The project was completed in October 2015.
Apple’s interest in China received great attention since most of its production happens on this territory. The Chinese government is also focused on a cleaner future for its country. By 2020, the Beijing authorities plan to increase the nation’s solar capacity from 50 to 140 GW especially with the help of wind power. A UN study revealed that China invested in green energy projects around $103 billion last year.
Apple’s upcoming headquarter in Cupertino, California is another clear sign that the company believes in renewable energy. Campus 2 is still under construction, but the plans are revealing a 2.8 million square feet of an office building. The enormous office space will have solar panels installed on the roof. The building is also projected to run entirely on green energy.
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