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  • Apple Inks a Deal to Run Solar Power Efforts in Singapore, Announces Retail Store Too

    Apple recently announced a deal that will see its Singapore operations fully powered by solar energy as the company simultaneously expands similar efforts in countries such as the US and China. The Cupertino California company also confirmed an upcoming local Apple Store that will be the first in Southeast Asia.

    According to Reuters, starting January 2016, the local firm, Sunseap Group will supply power to Apple from a network of panels that are built on top of 800 buildings in the city. Apple should be the first company in Singapore to operate entirely on renewable energy.

    Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives noted that the company will be supplying Sunseap with financing to complete its solar build-out. She unfortunately did not mention how much money would be offered but the project as a whole will generate 50 megawatts of power, with 33 megawatts going to Apple. Jackson continued by adding that Singapore’s development board offered backing because some of the energy will flow to public-owned housing.

    For those of you who didn’t already know, Apple appears to be gradually working towards making all of its global operations and facilities supported by renewable energy. It recently ended up finishing a 40 megawatt project in China’s Sichuan Province, which finally makes its operations in both that country and in the US by either being fully powered or offset by renewables. The larger issue has been third-party suppliers still heavily rely on coal. Both Apple and its primary supplier, Foxconn, have announced that they are working on solar projects that will end up producing hundreds of megawatts of solar energy with the long-term goal to reach 2 gigawatts of clean sources for the Apple supply chain.

    Along with this recent announcement, Apple also confirmed the opening of its first local retail outlet in Singapore, which will be the company’s first retail store in Southeast Asia. Apple’s Angela Ahrendts said the following in a statement regarding the matter:

    We have more than 900 incredible employees working in our Singapore contact center and are thrilled to begin hiring the team that will open our first Apple Store in Singapore — an incredible international city and shopping destination. We can't wait to deliver the service, education and entertainment that is loved by Apple customers around the world.
    Source: Reuters, TechCrunch via AppleInsider
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