Combining all the energy that Google uses in its offices and data centers, the company buys more renewable energy than it's able to consume.
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. It's not just solar, either: there are also wind farms, biogas fuel cells, and micro-hydro generation, along with various energy storage technologies to actually save that electricity until it's required.
Global investment in renewable energy held steady over previous year, with over $US200 billion invested.
Apple has been pursuing this goal of 100% renewable energy for its own operations for years, and to achieve it, Apple has gone to great lengths to develop and codevelop renewable energy generation throughout the world.
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Still, around 26% of the country's total electricity production (link in Chinese) came from renewables, which is better than the 12% figure for the world as a whole.
The company has built numerous wind and solar farms in cooperation with local institutions, as well as intense focus on environmental sustainability during development of its new buildings like Apple Park.
Along with its new campus, Apple has 25 renewable energy projects in operation around the world that could generate 626 megawatts of capacity. "After years of hard work we're proud to have reached this significant milestone", said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO.
Google has enough contracts to purchase three gigawatts of renewable energy output. That puts clean energy back into the power grid in greater measure than the company uses. Apple's biggest link in the supply chain, Foxconn, has yet to sign up.