Look­ing to ex­pand

Ap­ple Inc sup­plier con­sid­ers op­por­tu­ni­ties in US

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By HE WEI in Shang­hai and LIU ZHENG in Bei­jing

Ap­ple Inc has reached a deal with the world’ largest wind tur­bine maker Gold­wind Science & Tech­nol­ogy Co Ltd, a fur­ther step to­ward the US tech gi­ant reach­ing its re­new­able en­ergy goal.

The deal marks Ap­ple’s largest clean en­ergy project and is the first of its kind in the wind power sec­tor, said Lisa Jack­son, vice-pres­i­dent of en­vi­ron­ment, pol­icy and so­cial ini­tia­tives at Ap­ple.

Gold­wind’s wholly owned sub­sidiary Bei­jing Tian­run New En­ergy In­vest­ment Co has agreed to trans­fer Ap­ple its 30 per­cent eq­ui­ties in four sub­sidiary com­pa­nies of Gold­wind, the wind tur­bine maker based in the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion said in a fil­ing to the Hong Kong Stock Ex­change on Wed­nes­day.

The in­vest­ment “will add 285 megawatts of clean en­ergy to China’s grid as part of Ap­ple’s com­mit­ment to re­duc­ing the car­bon emis­sions from its man­u­fac­tur­ing”, Jack­son told China Daily on Thurs­day.

The in­volved firms are lo­cated in He­nan, Shan­dong, Shanxi and Yun­nan prov­inces. To this end, the joint ven­tures will em­power Ap­ple to sup­ply clean en­ergy to its pro­duc­tion part­ners in China.

She said that the projects, along with a 170-megawatt so­lar project the com­pany an­nounced in the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion last year, are tar­get­ing emis­sions from up­stream man­u­fac­tur­ing where Ap­ple does not have a di­rect re­la­tion­ship with the sup­plier.

Ap­ple has also pledged to part­ner with its sup­pli­ers in China to in­stall more than 2 gi­gawatts of new clean en­ergy in the com­ing years. The projects will pro­duce more than 900 mil­lion kilo­watthours of power, equiv­a­lent to the amount of en­ergy needed to power 690,000 Chi­nese homes.

China, as the world’s largest wind power mar­ket, ac­counted for 46 per­cent of all wind power in­stalled glob­ally last year, sur­pass­ing the United States, ac­cord­ing to data from Bloomberg New En­ergy Fi­nance.

Ap­ple has long en­vi­sioned re­new­able en­ergy be­ing tapped in its busi­ness op­er­a­tions, as CEO Tim Cook re­quired the com­pany’s en­vi­ron­men­tal check­lists to go along with new prod­uct launches.

In April, Ap­ple joined hands with SunPower Corp to build two so­lar power projects to­tal­ing 40 megawatts in the Aba Ti­betan-Qiang au­ton­o­mous pre­fec­ture in Sichuan prov­ince.

It also part­nered with long-term sup­plier Fox­conn Tech­nol­ogy Group on new en­ergy plants that are ex­pected to gen­er­ate 600 MW of elec­tric­ity, which will be used across all Chi­nese fac­to­ries that man­u­fac­ture iPhones.

Ma­jor tech play­ers are jostling to reach the 100 per­cent re­new­able en­ergy tar­get, said so­lar an­a­lyst Colin Smith at GTM Re­search.

“Big­ger firms tend to ac­quire the re­sources to un­der­stand the new en­ergy mar­kets and ne­go­ti­ate con­tracts to buy re­new­able en­ergy,” he said.

For in­stance, Google Inc has planned to pro­cure wind and so­lar en­ergy to off­set all the elec­tric­ity used by its data cen­ters and of­fices, and pledged to re­al­ize the 100 per­cent re­new­able en­ergy tar­get by 2017.

Con­tact the writ­ers at hewei@chi­nadaily.com.cn and li­uzheng@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

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