'Floating' solar island to provide power for Japanese supplier of Apple components

Japanese Apple component supplier Ibiden has committed to power all of its manufacturing for the company with 100 percent renewable energy.

In order to fulfill their pledge, Ibiden plans to invest in more than 20 new renewable energy facilities, including a state-of-the-art floating solar photovoltaic system constructed on a converted lumber yard.

Ibiden’s projects are expected to produce 12MW of solar power, helping to limit Japan’s carbon emissions.

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, said in a press release, “Renewable energy investments are good for the environment and good for business.”

Together with its suppliers, Apple expects to be generating over 2.5 billion KWhs per year of clean energy for the manufacturing of Apple products by the end of 2018. The company estimates that equals taking over 400,000 cars off the road for a year.

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