Apple to purchase electricity from 600 MW Australian wind farm


Apple to purchase electricity from 600 MW Australian wind farm


Apple has agreed to buy zero-emission electricity from a new 600 MW wind farm to be constructed in north Queensland, Australia as part of its strategies to become "100% carbon neutral" by 2030.

Developed by Australian renewable energy company Windlab, the Upper Burdekin wind farm is scheduled to put into operation in 2026. 

The iPhone maker did not disclose the procured volume, but stated that the contracted power is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 80,000 homes. Windlab estimates that its 100-turbine project can power up to 300,000 Australian households.

Apple has reached the goal of carbon neutral on its global operations, and it hopes the entire business, manufacturing supply chain, and products could also meet the target by 2030.

This is Apple’s second investment to offset the electricity customers use to charge their devices. The company announced in April a solar project in Texas, which covers 2,300 acres and is expected to generate 300 MW of electricity once completed later in 2022. 

“At Apple, we recognize the urgent need to address the climate crisis, and we’re accelerating our global work to ensure our products have a net zero climate footprint across their entire lifecycle,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives.

“We are proud to play a part in Australia’s transition to a cleaner energy grid, and thrilled that Apple will soon support Australian customers’ use of their favorite products with clean energy.”

Windlab, a renewable energy company owned by Squadron Energy and Federation Asset Management plans to construct the wind farm, Upper Burdekin wind park, in Queensland’s Badhun County. It secured an agreement with local traditional owners for an indigenous land to build the project last month.

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