Apple Leads All U.S. Companies in Domestic Solar Energy Capacity

Apple had more installed solar energy capacity in the United States than any other company as of the end of 2018, according to a new report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (via CNBC).


Apple led the way with 393.3 megawatts of installed solar energy capacity, topping Amazon and Target at 329.8 megawatts and 242.4 megawatts respectively. Google trailed in sixth with 142.9 megawatts. The rankings are based on both on-site and off-site solar installations in the United States.

Last year, Apple announced that all of its global facilities, including retail stores, offices, and data centers, are now powered with 100 percent renewable energy. Apple Park, for example, is powered by a 17-megawatt rooftop solar installation, four megawatts of biogas fuel cells, and other clean sources.

"We're going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it," said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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16 months ago
Money grabbing pigs, now they are stealing from the Sun! When will Apple's greed end?
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16 months ago
Good! I hope more companies follow.
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16 months ago

I applaud the positive stuff Apple does, but being the best at being least-bad still has a lot of room for improvement.

I like what Tim says, but if he means it then we need fewer glued-in batteries and a move away from proprietary/soldered-in/inaccessible storage/memory please, and longer support (even if only security updates) for older devices so that people feel less pressure to upgrade as quickly. That is called putting your money where your mouth is, and er, Apple have enough money to fill all their mouths (or something!).

Longer support really? We still got updates for an iPhone 4S this week? You still want support for your iPhone 3GS or something??
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16 months ago
Everyone else: not good enough Apple! Who cares about the planet, where’s my cheaper iPhone?
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16 months ago
I applaud the positive stuff Apple does, but being the best at being least-bad still has a lot of room for improvement.

I like what Tim says, but if he means it then we need fewer glued-in batteries and a move away from proprietary/soldered-in/inaccessible storage/memory please, and longer support (even if only security updates) for older devices so that people feel less pressure to upgrade as quickly. That is called putting your money where your mouth is, and er, Apple have enough money to fill all their mouths (or something!).
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16 months ago

I know this sounds good. But have you ever calculated the land required per MW?
Not to mention what it takes to manufacture the Panels.

Yes, as have all the top environmental scientists in the world. Have you? We can generate 40% of our electricity needs simply by filling empty roof tops. That’s at current system efficiencies.

Have you ever looked into what it takes to manufacture oil and gas?
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