Apple partnering with tech giants for big clean energy buy

AppleInsider | November 05, 2019

The wind farm, named the White Mesa Wind project, will be located in Crocket County, Texas. When completed in 2021, it will be capable of supplying 500 megawatts of power to the surrounding area. Founded in 2009, Apex Clean Energy is a wind-energy company based in Virginia with 13 wind energy projects in Oklahoma, Texas, and Illinois. Apple will be the largest purchaser in the agreement. Between the four companies, the purchase totals 75 megawatts of clean energy—or enough to power roughly 20,000 homes. The agreement will enable those involved to access cost-effective renewable energy from Apex.

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Clean energy, once considered too expensive, is now competing headto-head on costs with fossil fuels and even beating them out in many locations around the country.

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Clean energy, once considered too expensive, is now competing headto-head on costs with fossil fuels and even beating them out in many locations around the country.

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