Apple digs in on green with China solar, US forest projects

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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo, then EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson speaks at the 2012 Tribal Nations Conference at the Interior Department in Washington. Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of “sustainable” timberland in Maine and North Carolina. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo, then EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson speaks at the 2012 Tribal Nations Conference at the Interior Department in Washington. Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of “sustainable” timberland in Maine and North Carolina. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

In a quest to be more green, Apple says it is investing in Chinese solar power and preserving forests that make environmentally friendly paper.

The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. operations with renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions — initiatives that have won high marks from environmental groups.

On Thursday, Apple announced a new focus on using paper from trees harvested under environmentally sound conditions. It’s also promising to use more renewable power overseas, where Apple relies heavily on contract manufacturers — and where a top executive acknowledged the company can do more.

“It’s important to us to tackle climate change everywhere we are,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for environmental initiatives, said. “When you talk about China, you’re talking about manufacturing partners. We’re looking to bring the same innovation there. This is the start.”

The new solar project in China has a capacity of 40 megawatts, which is smaller than some projects Apple has announced in the United States. By comparison, Apple is spending $850 million for rights to nearly half the output of a 280-megawatt solar facility planned for construction south of Apple’s Cupertino, California, headquarters. That project will produce enough energy to power all of Apple’s California offices, a computer center and 52 retail stores.

Still, the Chinese project will produce more than the amount of energy consumed by Apple’s 19 corporate offices and 21 retail stores in China and Hong Kong, Jackson said. She added that Apple uses renewable energy for 87 percent of the power at its facilities worldwide.

That figure, however, doesn’t include substantial power consumption by contract manufacturers. With the new project in China, Apple is looking to improve its own operations first.

Report by The Associated Press 

  • Good Move by Apple Inc. According to Data Analysis of 2014, China is leading in the Solar Industry.

    RenewEnerg Insights: China Overview 2014

    Up to 2014, China increased its total grid-connected solar power capacity to 28.05 GW; Its about 2.1% of China’s total power capacity of 1,360 GW.

    Out of total, 23.38 GW from solar power stations and 4.67 GW from distributed energy – solar panels installed by individual households and firms.

    China expect another 15 GW of solar capacity to the grid within 2015.

    China increased its PV cell production up to larger extents in last few years; Meanwhile, global prices of solar PV have fallen up to 80% since 2008 (20% in 2012 alone).

    According to NEA China sources, Total solar power generation increased up to more than 200% with 25 billion kilowatt hours this year, compared to the previous year.

    China aim to raise the share of non-fossil fuel energy up to 15% in overall power consumption by 2020, which was total 11.1% in 2014. Correspondingly, contribution from coal as energy use fell to 64.2% in 2014 from 66% at the end of 2013.

    Source: http://www.renewenerg.com/china-solar-super-power-solar-installed-capacity-increases-60-28-gw-2014/

  • Current Annuncement by Apple Inc is not so much excited news. China already flourishing in Total Solar PV Installation capacity. In 2014, China`s Solar power installed capacity increases 60% to 28 GW in 2014. Further, I would like share more data analytics about China`s Solar capacity. – Up to 2014, China increased its total grid-connected solar power capacity to 28.05 GW; Its about 2.1% of China’s total power capacity of 1,360 GW. – Out of total, 23.38 GW from solar power stations and 4.67 GW from distributed energy – solar panels installed by individual households and firms. – China expect another 15 GW of solar capacity to the grid within 2015. – China increased its PV cell production up to larger extents in last few years; Meanwhile, global prices of solar PV have fallen up to 80% since 2008 (20% in 2012 alone). – According to NEA China sources, Total solar power generation increased up to more than 200% with 25 billion kilowatt hours this year, compared to the previous year. – China aim to raise the share of non-fossil fuel energy up to 15% in overall power consumption by 2020, which was total 11.1% in 2014. Correspondingly, contribution from coal as energy use fell to 64.2% in 2014 from 66% at the end of 2013. Source: [http://www.renewenerg.com/china-solar-super-power-solar-installed-capacity-increases-60-28-gw-2014/]