Apple on Sunday announced they will be running all of their Singapore operation completely on solar energy. The company also confirmed that it will be opening an Apple Store in Singapore, the first in Southeast Asia.
Beginning in January, local firm Sunseap Group will supply power to Apple from a network of panels built on top of 800 buildings in the city, Reuters said. Apple should in fact be the first company in Singapore to operate entirely on renewable energy.
Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson, noted that the partnership will supply Sunseap with the needed financing to complete a solar build-out. While the cost of the project hasn’t been revealed, the project will generate 50 megawatts of power in total, with 33 megawatts going to Apple’s operations. Some of the energy generated will flow to publicly-owned housing in the area.
The project is just the latest in Apple’s efforts to convert all of its worldwide operations and facilities to renewable energy. All of Apple’s operations and facilities in the United States and China are now either powered by, or offset by renewables.
Apple also confirmed the opening of its first local retail outlet in Singapore. It will be the company’s first outlet in Southeast Asia. Apple SVP Angela Ahrendts confirmed the planned opening in a statement to TechCrunch.
“We have more than 900 incredible employees working in our Singapore contact center and are thrilled to begin hiring the team that will open our first Apple Store in Singapore — an incredible international city and shopping destination,” Ahrendts said. “We can’t wait to deliver the service, education and entertainment that is loved by Apple customers around the world.”