Apple Partners With Akamai, Etsy, and Swiss Re for Renewable Energy Projects in Illinois and Virginia

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is partnering up with Akamai, Etsy, and Swiss Re to develop two new wind and solar energy farms in Illinois and Virginia, the companies announced today.

    The new energy projects are set to generate 290 megawatts for the PJM electric grid in the Eastern United States, covering areas like Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland.

    A solar farm in China​

    As a collective, the companies plan to purchase 125 megawatts from a wind farm near Chicago and 165 megawatts from a solar PV project outside of Fredericksburg, Virginia. The wind and solar energy farms will support each of the companies' operations in those states and will also offer up enough power for 74,000 homes.

    According to the press release announcing the initiative, Akamai, Etsy, and Swiss Re previously had "limited opportunity" for energy projects in this market, but were able to obtain wind and solar power at competitive prices thanks to the collaboration with Apple.

    Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson had this to say about the partnership:
    The renewable energy projects are set to come online over the course of the next two years.

    Apple earlier this year announced that all of its global facilities, including retail stores, offices, data centers, and more, are powered with 100 percent clean energy, a milestone Apple worked towards for years.

    Apple has now turned its focus to encouraging its suppliers to focus on sustainability, and more than 20 have now committed to using renewable energy sources.

    Article Link: Apple Partners With Akamai, Etsy, and Swiss Re for Renewable Energy Projects in Illinois and Virginia
  2. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    This is great news for the world over and for US.

    I can see more of the power grid supporting solar and even Bloom Energy at these corporations. Curious if Apple would be getting some sort of 'consultant' fee for working with these companies. Even if not it's great to see the industry working together towards a better future. Breathe deeply friends.
  3. groadyho Suspended


    Apr 26, 2018
    Apple keeps doing things like this and I'll happily buy and support them.
    peace love n pandas
  4. FloatingBones macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    To coin a phrase, it has become PC for all the Big Tech companies to purchase green amps. Microsoft just made a huge investment in Solar energy in Virginia. If green power is your sole criteria, you might as well have your next computer be a Surface. Or maybe a Chromebook.;)
  5. anthogag macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2015
    Good news.

    Is Apple doing anything for EV charging stations? Electricity from 100% renewable energy at charging stations would be quite cool.
  6. Petetastic macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2018
    Can Apple just buy out a few thousand acres and convert our country to renewable energy? They can pay cash...
  7. ksec macrumors 6502a

    Dec 23, 2015
    But it has to be financially viable first. they don't want to built too many at once to drive up solar panel and installation price. So it is taking its time, building up one by one.

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