Apple and Foxconn Consume up to 40% of Taienergy's Growing Solar Cell Production
According to Taienergy president, Kevin Hsieh, Apple’s ongoing efforts to convert suppliers over to renewable energy is working well with Foxconn, which appears to be consuming 30% to 40% of Tainergy Tech’s solar cell production in China. Hsei told DigiTimes that as of right now, Taienergy’s Chinese production is in the process of expanding from 250 megawatts peak to 280 by the end of the March quarter. The company is in the middle of expanding to Vietnam as well to meet demand from China, though Hsieh credited that demand primarily to the Chinese’s government’s adjustments to feed-in tariffs.
Taienergy is a Taiwan-based company but appears to be expanding very quickly. The expansion is primarily attributed to the US’ anti-dumping tariffs which are imposed on Taiwanese cells and indeed growing capacity in Vietnam will allow the company to circumvent the European Union’s minimum import prices for Chinese-made modules.
From Apple’s perspective, the company is hoping to get its suppliers using over 2 gigawatts of clean energy. Foxconn alone is planning to build facilities that are capable of generating 400 megawatts to offset the power that is consumed by its Zhengzhou factory, where iPhones are assembled. This solar capacity is expected to be fully online by 2018.
The Cupertino California company has already finished constructing 40 megawatts in the Sichuan province to help offset its Chinese operations and retail stores. Elsewhere in China, the company is looking towards another 200 megawatts to help offset suppliers.
For those of you who didn’t already know or guess, the supply chain is Apple’s largest source of pollution worldwide. Many suppliers are based in China where coal is still the backbone of the power grid despite the fact that it is non-renewable as well as its impact on air quality and climate change.
We’ll have to see how Apple and its suppliers continue to work towards this goal by being patient.