In one of the largest ever projects for the company has ever invested in, Apple is behind two significant renewable energy projects, taking place in Oregon.
In its latest Environmental Responsibility Report, Apple confirms they are invested in both Wind and Solar Power projects. Agreements for the purchase of power have been signed, and construction will commence as early as September.
To see a copy of the report, you can go here: https://images.apple.com/environment/pdf/Apple_Environmental_Responsibility_Report_2017.pdf
There is a specific program that has enabled the purchase possible for Apple; this is called the Direct Access Scheme. With this, a business is able to get out of any agreements of supply that would have been offered by either Pacific Power and Portland General Electric.
It will bring a huge amount of renewable energy onto the grid and gives a significant boost in the number of available jobs in the solar industry in Oregon.
Interestingly, it was reported late last year in the business journal that a service provider in the renewable energy sector had confirmed they would be selling solar energy from the exact same location in Prineville, that Apple has located one of their data centres. A link to this article is here: http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/feature/oregon-solar-powers-up.html
Apple has since gone one step further and announced in the Environmental Progress Report mentioned earlier that they have indeed signed and confirmed an agreement to install a windfarm to help power its data centre in Prineville and expect that to be online and operational by the end of 2018.