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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.

Apple also says that its renewable energy efforts represent a "diverse range of energy sources" that includes solar arrays, wind farms, as well as more experimental technology like biogas fuel cells and micro-hydro energy systems.

Major U.S. corporations such as Apple, Wal-Mart Inc and Alphabet Inc have become some of the country's biggest buyers of renewable forms of energy, driving substantial growth in the wind and solar industries. Manufacturing isn't all there yet, but the company claims to have an additional nine manufacturing partners promising to power its facilities by 100 per cent renewable energy - increasing the total to 23.

Google has hit a new milestone in its efforts to go green and past year the company was able to purchase enough renewable energy to match all the electricity its operations used worldwide.

Last year, one of Apple's component suppliers, Ibiden, was added to that number as the first supplier in Japan to join the program after committing to 20 new renewable energy projects in Japan, including an impressive floating solar farm, to offset the energy used to produce components for Apple.

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The facility eventually will power Wynn's newest 280,000-square-foot meeting and convention expansion with 100 percent renewable energy.

"We're not spending any more than we would have", Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president for environment, policy and social initiatives, said in an interview. At Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, a 17-megawatt solar panel installation on the roof and biogas fuel cells bring in clean energy.

Since 2011, Apple's joint clean energy projects have reduced carbon emissions by 54 per cent across global facilities. Today's announcement shows how companies and utilities can work together to make that option available to all customers, regardless of varying energy needs.

Apple's renewable energy projects around the world amount to a staggering 626 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity, with 286 MW coming from photovoltaic solar production that came online in 2017 alone. This is up from 14 in 2016 and includes names like Finisar and Pegatron, a key iPhone assembler. This would see Apple making new products exclusively out of recycled parts.


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