Beginning in January, the maker of the iPhone and Apple Watch will source 40 gigawatt-hours of power from rooftop solar installations made by the Sunseap Group, according to a statement from the Singapore-based company.
"In addition to Apple’s corporate office in Ang Mo Kio, two other buildings are expected to come up in 2016 in One North and Orchard Road locations in Singapore," Lawrence Wu, director at Sunseap Group, said. "We expect to power these buildings and any more offices that Apple opens in future."
Apple has the right to ask for a minimum increase in power requirement above 40 gigawatt-hours every year as needs expand, Wu said.
Solar energy systems atop more than 800 buildings in Singapore in Sunseap’s portfolio will be used to power the project, according to the statement.
"We're thrilled to be working with Sunseap and the government of Singapore to pioneer new ways to bring solar energy to the country — and bring Apple even closer to our goal of powering our facilities around the world with 100 percent renewable energy," Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for environment, policy and social initiatives, said in the release.
As of 2014, 100 percent of Apple’s U.S. operations and 87 percent worldwide are powered by renewable energy. Worldwide operations include data centers, all corporate offices, and more than 450 Apple retail stores, Apple says on its website.
Early in November 2015, Apple was named along with Microsoft and Google parent Alphabet as among companies doing the most to fight climate change.
In October, Apple announced plans to build an additional 200 megawatts of solar power in China and to push suppliers to make similar commitments. The solar investment comes atop two previously announced solar farms in southern China that have now been completed, Apple said in a statement at the time.
Besides Apple, Sunseap is working with various government agencies and energy service companies to provide new clean energy product offerings, Frank Phuan, the group’s managing director, said in the release.
Sunseap’s lenders include Goldman Sachs Group Inc., DBS Group Holdings Ltd., United Overseas Bank Ltd., and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. among others.