Apple's global facilities now powered by '100% clean energy'

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To be clear, the search giant is not powering its operations exclusively with 100 percent renewable energy.

Apple has announced that its global facilities are now powered with fully by clean energy, this includes retail stores, offices, data centers as well as new facilities in 43 countries including India.

The addition of nine manufacturing partners, meanwhile, brings the total number up to 23 suppliers promising to produce their products entirely with clean energy.

"After years of hard work, we're proud to have reached this significant milestone", Tim Cook said in a statement yesterday (9 April).

The company said in its 2017 environmental responsibility report, the most recent available before today, that as of 2016, it powered 96 percent of its operations around the world with 100 percent renewable energy, like solar, hydro and wind power. On top of that Apple has 15 additional projects in the works, which will increase that number to 1.4 gigawatts - more than enough to power the Flux Capacitor that may or may not be in Apple's mythic auto. In total, the tech giant now has 25 operational rewnewable energy projects around the world, amounting to 626 megawatts of generation capacity, according to Apple.

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Over 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects have been developed across six provinces of China to address upstream manufacturing emissions. Apple and its partners are building new renewable energy projects around the world, improving the energy options for local communities, states and even entire countries. It also gives clean energy back to the public grid during periods of low occupancy.

The suppliers that pledge to use more clean energy know they will have "a leg up" against competitors for Apple's business, Jackson told Reuters. Apple creates or develops, with utilities, new regional renewable energy projects that would not otherwise exist.

For years, Apple has been chasing the dream of clean energy, and the company boasts about it pretty well.

The achievement informs consumers around the world that it's not only possible for massive publicly traded global corporations to source 100% of their energy from renewables, but that its also the right financial decision. So this announcement feels like a classic Apple product release.