Apple has announced that all its Singapore operations will use 100 per cent renewable electricity from January 2016, in the firm's latest effort to increase the use of clean energy and prove its credentials as a green tech leader.
The company announced on Sunday that it has formed a partnership with Singapore renewable energy firm Sunseap, which will deliver solar electricity to Apple from a network of rooftop solar panels across the island.
Apple will provide Sunseap with financing to complete its network of rooftop solar arrays, which currently covers more than 800 buildings in Singapore.
Apple will receive up to 40GWhs of clean electricity from the project, while the remaining electricity will be used to power public-owned housing in the city, Sunseap said.
The deal makes Apple the first company in Singapore to source 100 per cent of its electricity from renewables, and marks another step towards the firm's goal of powering all of its operations globally with renewable energy.
Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, explained that the deal will cover all of Apple's electricity needs in Singapore, from its corporate campus to a new retail outlet.
"We're thrilled to be working with Sunseap and the government of Singapore to pioneer new ways to bring solar energy to the country and bring Apple even closer to our goal of powering our facilities around the world with 100 per cent renewable energy," she said in a statement.
Frank Phuan, managing director of Sunseap Group, said that he expected the announcement to cause a "ripple effect" as other firms operating in Singapore seek to incorporate more sustainability practices into their business.
The deal is the latest in a series of investments in clean energy capacity across Asia by Apple. The company announced plans in October to build a 200MW solar farm in China, which will help reduce its supply chain emissions.
That deal followed Apple's April investment in two new solar farms in China, which are intended to provide electricity for the firm's offices and shops in China and Hong Kong.
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