Apple buys renewable energy power plant in Oregon

Apple has reportedly bought a renewable energy power plant in Oregon as it continues to drive forward its commitment to make all its data centres powered entirely with renewable energy.

Local paper Oregon Live has reported that the tech giant has taken over a small hydroelectric project at a Central Oregon site near its new data centre in Prineville.

The amount of electricity used in the data centre to power the thousands of computers and devices would match that of a small city, according to Oregon Live.

Apple has previously openly stated that it has invested significant amounts of money in renewable energy including wind farms, to help lower its carbon footprint.

Its official statement on this subject has read: "Our goal is to power every facility at Apple entirely with energy from renewable sources — solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal. So we’re investing in our own onsite energy production, establishing relationships with suppliers to procure renewable energy off the grid, and reducing our energy needs even as our employee base grows.

"Our investments are paying off. We’ve already achieved 100 per cent renewable energy at all of our data centers, at our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. And for all of Apple’s corporate facilities worldwide, we’re at 75 percent, and we expect that number to grow as the amount of renewable energy available to us increases. We won’t stop working until we achieve 100 per cent throughout Apple."

Earlier this week Apple it emerged that Apple’s top designer Jonny Ive is to expand his role, as Greg Christie, who led the company’s software design team, stepped down.

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