New Apple Manufacturing Facility to be 100% Renewable Energy

Apple has been making in big investment over the best couple of years to make its newest data center 100% powered by renewable energy. It has how announced a similar objective for a new US-based manufacturing facility in Arizona. This should contribute to reducing the embodied CO2e in Apple's products.

CNET quotes an Apple spokesperson, "This new...will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one, as a result of the work we are doing with SRP to create green energy sources to power the facility." SRP refers to Salt River Project, one of Arizona's largest utilities. A statement from Arizona's governor says, "Their investment in renewable energy will also be greening our power grid, and creating significant new solar and geothermal power sources for the state." Some have interpreted this to mean that Apple will construct a solar facility at the plant, similar to what it has at its data center.

Apple will use the plant to produce sapphire crystal, according to an announcement from Apple's supplier, GT Advanced Technologies. Sapphire crystal could be used for displays, but Apple currently uses it for smaller components in its devices.

The United States generally has better environmental regulations for manufacturers than do many of the countries in which Apple currently builds its products, so any move towards US manufacturing is probably a move towards greener products.