Apple commits US$300mn to renewable energy projects in China

Business Chief Magazine | September 29, 2019

Apple has announced its investment in green energy businesses and initiatives across China with a view to producing 4GW of green energy globally. Apple launched the China Clean Energy Fund in 2018, and further funding from the Silicon Valley company (along with ten other local suppliers) is set to expand the initiative. The fund is intended to give smaller local companies the financial backing to become more competitive in the green energy sector. Apple has committed to investing US$300mn in renewables by 2022 as part of its goal to reach net zero emissions by 2025. The funding is intended to produce 1GW within China, and will allow Apple to further supply their manufacturing plants with green energy. This is off the back of Apple completing the first of three projects across China in Concord Jing Tang and Concord Shen Zhang Tang which have a capacity of 48MW each, plus a third 38MW site.

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Solar power is more accessible, prevalent and affordable in the USA than ever before. Since 2008, U.S. installations have grown to enough capacity to power the equivalent of 5.7 million average American homes. Since 2010, the average cost of solar PV panels has dropped more than 60% and the cost of a solar electric system has dropped by about 50%.

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The Mobility House | November 01, 2022

The Mobility House, in collaboration with partners including AlphaStruxure and Schneider Electric, celebrates the completion and energizing of Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot in Montgomery County, Maryland. This landmark integrated 6.5 MW microgrid and electric bus charging infrastructure project uses onsite solar canopies, natural gas generators, battery storage, microgrid controls and electric bus chargers to support 70 electric buses, a holistic solution that can run independent of the local utility. The Mobility House’s smart charging and energy management system, ChargePilot, coordinates charging with the microgrid by optimizing the buses’ charging schedules based on route blocks and energy demands to ensure vehicle readiness. Montgomery County has been committed to sustainability leadership and improving resilience after experiencing extreme weather events and recent extended power outages. Brookville Smart Energy Depot aligns with the County’s priorities to reduce emissions from public transportation while strengthening the community and infrastructure assets,” said Michael Yambrach, Interim Chief, Office of Energy and Sustainability, Department of General Services for Montgomery County. “The transportation infrastructure of tomorrow is up and running today in Montgomery County, We are thrilled to partner with Montgomery County on this holistic solution that delivers improved, cleaner services to County constituents. This benchmark project serves as a national model for municipalities and private fleet owners across the county to efficiently deploy the charging infrastructure and distributed energy resources that the energy transition requires, accelerating the electrification of medium and heavy-duty vehicle fleets. Thanks to a turnkey Energy as a Service approach, we’ve delivered an integrated bus fleet solution with a resilient energy supply and without upfront costs or financial risks for the County. The Mobility House plays an instrumental role as the interface between the microgrid and vehicles, while reducing operating costs to help make this Energy as a Service model a success for the County. At AlphaStruxure we’re grateful for our partnership with Mobility House to successfully deliver this innovative project.” -Juan Macias, CEO of AlphaStruxure The 6.5 MW microgrid features 1.6 MW of solar PV, three 633 kW generators and 3 MW of battery storage to support up to 70 electric buses – 50 percent of the Brookville bus fleet. Charging from its onsite power supply gives the County freedom to “island” from the grid, which not only ensures continuous fleet operation in the event of grid failures, but also the limitations of coordinating bus charging schedules around utility time-of-use rates. 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KBR | September 09, 2022

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