It’s been no big secret that Apple has been building solar energy farms to power their facilities in the West (and globally as well). But as of about a month ago, the company has established a new LLC (and filed it with the FERC, discovered by 9to5Mac) that will handle selling the excess energy back to providers across the country and locally. According to Apple’s initial numbers, the extra energy supply could potentially power between 50,000 to 60,000 homes in California.
Over the past few years, the Cupertino based company has been dedicated to decreasing their environmental impact. Earlier this year, they reported in the Apple Environmental Responsibility Report 2016 that their carbon footprint in 2015 was 38.4 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. They also reported that 93% of their current “facilities worldwide run on renewable energy,” and they have also seen a steady decline in CO2e since 2011.
Overall, creating a long term solution to reducing emissions is good not just for their bottom line, but now with the ability to provide renewable, green energy to local companies they could help others do the same.
Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have already invested into clean energy, but with Apple taking this extra step to re-sell, could it also set a precedent for other companies to be inclined to follow?
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