Wind - September 4, 2020
Apple invests in Danish wind
Apple announced Sept. 3 that they are investing in two of the world’s largest onshore wind turbines in Denmark that will power their data center in Viborg and provide surplus energy into the Danish grid.
The 200-meter-tall turbines are expected to generate 62 GWh of electricity annually and will act as a test site for large offshore wind turbines. Apple’s Viborg data center is a 45,000-square-meter facility offering network support and data storage to users across the region, which helps power Apple’s App Store, Apple Music, iMessage, Siri and other services in Europe on renewable energy.
“Combating climate change demands urgent action and global partnership — and the Viborg data center is powerful proof that we can rise to this generational challenge,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, said in a statement. “Investments in clean energy deliver breakthrough innovations that bring clean energy and good jobs to businesses and local communities. This is an area where we have to lead — for the sake of our planet and future generations.”
Earlier this year, Apple released their plan for carbon neutrality across their entire business, manufacturing supply chain and product life cycle by 2030. One of their suppliers, German-based Varta, announced earlier this week that they will run their Apple production operations with 100% renewable energy.
Apple has been working with their suppliers since Oct. 2015 to establish strategies for their suppliers to reach 100% renewable energy.