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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Japanese Floating Solar Farm Helps Apple In Its Push For 100% Renewable Energy

Japanese Floating Solar Farm Helps Apple In Its Push For 100% Renewable Energy

Apple has committed itself to using only clean renewable energy to operate all of its stores, data centers, and manufacturing facilities worldwide. That pledge applies to its suppliers as well. On March 8, Apple announced that Ibiden — a Japanese company that “helps bring together the integrated circuitry and chip packages in Apple devices” — has become the first company in Japan to pledge that it will soon “power all of its Apple manufacturing with 100 percent renewable energy.” To realize that goal, Ibiden has created one of the largest floating solar farms in Japan.

The floating solar island is built on land that was previously a lumberyard. Open land is scarce in Japan, so finding space for a solar farm that doesn’t detract from the country’s limited supply of open land is important. Similar considerations have prompted solar developers in other countries to use floating solar farms, especially in India. Apple considers Ibiden’s proposal to build 20 solar power installations in Japan a “significant step forward in Apple’s efforts to help its manufacturing partners transition to clean power.” In total, Apple expects to be generating more than 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually to power its global operations by the end of 2018.

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