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Apple said on Wednesday it would build a renewable battery-based energy storage facility in central California near a solar power facility that already supplies power to all of its facilities in the world. ‘State.

Apple said the project will store 240 MWh of energy, enough to power more than 7,000 homes for a day. It is located next to the California Flats solar installation in southeastern Monterey County, about 100 miles southeast of Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.

The site sends 130 MW of electricity directly to Apple’s facilities in California during the day, but does not provide electricity during dark hours. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, told Reuters in an interview that the company intends to develop what it believes to be one of the largest systems battery storage in the United States.

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“The challenge with clean energy – solar and wind – is that it is by definition intermittent,” Jackson told Reuters. “If we can do it, and we can show that it works for us, it takes away concerns about intermittency and it helps the network in terms of stabilization. It’s something that can be emulated or developed by others. companies. “

News portal Verge reported, citing the Monterey County planning chief, that Apple will receive the batteries for this installation from electric car maker Tesla.

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Its configuration will consist of 85 Tesla lithium-ion “megapacks”, the report adds. Officials in Monterey County, Apple and Tesla did not immediately respond to Reuters requests after regular business hours.

Jackson said Apple plans to share its findings on building the project with other companies, but said it was too early to say specifically how it would do it. Apple has other projects in which it has shared environmental technology developments, including an aluminum smelting joint venture in Canada and an Apple recycling technology lab in Texas.

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Apple also said on Wednesday that 110 of its suppliers are now switching to using clean power for the work they do for Apple, with around 8 GW of clean power production planned as a result, or what Apple has. said to be the equivalent of taking 3.4 million cars off the road. This figure represents an increase from last year, when Apple said 70 of its suppliers made the transition to clean energy for Apple with a goal of eliminating carbon emissions from its supply chain. by 2030.

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