Apple has posted an update to its Environmental Policies website, revealing that as of today, all of its data centers run on 100 percent renewable energy, which is an impressive feat for a major company.
On the page, Apple says that its goal is to power every one of its facilities from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal. In addition to achieving 100 percent renewable energy at its data centers, Apple has also reached that goal at its facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, Munich, and at its main campus in Cupertino, California.
At its corporate facilities worldwide, Apple is currently using 75 percent renewable energy and has plans to work on increasing that number to 100 percent as well. Apple’s move towards clean energy has made great strides in the last few years.
In 2010, the Cupertino-based company had only 35 percent of its energy coming from renewable sources, a number that had increased to 75 percent in 2012. As Apple points out, that is a 114 percent increase in the usage of renewable energy at its worldwide corporate facilities.
Apple also details some of its more energy friendly sites on the webpage, such as its data center in Maiden, North Carolina, which uses an onsite solar photovoltaic array to produce 42 million kWh of clean, low carbon energy, alongside a 10-MW fuel cell installation that uses biogas to provide 83 million kWh of energy.
A new site currently under construction in Oregon will use several different renewable energy sources for power, and a data center in Newark, California also runs off of wind power.
As noted by Bloomberg, just one year ago Apple was targeted by Greenpeace International, which ended up ranking Apple 12 out of 14 after investigating the energy usage of several different technology companies for an initiative called “How Clean is Your Cloud?”
Greenpeace gave Apple a “D” grade in four categories for relying on electricity from coal plants. Since then, Apple has improved.
Apple’s announcement shows “real progress,” Greenpeace said, urging the company disclose more detail on how it’s working with utilities and state governments to achieve its energy goals.
“Apple’s increased level of disclosure about its energy sources helps customers know that their iCloud will be powered by clean energy sources, not coal,” Gary Cook, an analyst at Greenpeace, wrote in an e-mailed statement.
According to Apple’s Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer, Apple will continue to invest in green technologies in the future.