Apple has announced plans to build an energy storage project in California to enhance renewable energy reliability. This project will be one of the largest battery storages in the United States, with a capacity of about 200 MWh of energy. The project, named California Flats, will power store excess energy produced by solar during the day.
The giant battery will be directly linked to the tech giant’s California solar farm, which produces about 130-megawatts of energy. The California sun is so hot during the day, but come night time the solar farm generates very little energy. The California Flats will come around these intermittent shortages by storing the energy to be used at night. Power stored in this battery system could power up to seven thousand homes per day.
“We are firmly committed to helping our suppliers become carbon neutral by 2030 and are thrilled that companies who have joined us span industries and countries around the world, including Germany, China, the US, India, and France,” said Lisa Jackson, vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives at Apple. Apple has been at the forefront of curbing climate change by reducing its carbon footprint.
“In a year like no other, Apple continued to work with a global network of colleagues, companies, and advocates to help make our environmental efforts and everything we do a force for good in people’s lives and to work alongside the communities most impacted by climate change,” added Jackson.
While solar and wind farms are cheap ways to produce green energy, the sun is not always shining, and the wind isn’t blowing all the time. This unreliability is a major downside of the two options that causes unprecedented power shortages that have cost economies and corporations. Investing in battery storage provides backup during these intermittent shortages.
Apple is dedicating a significant amount of money to the research into new technologies and the development of California’s utility storage. The firm has also expanded storage capabilities in Santa Clara Valley and the Apple Park microgrid.
The company has made all its operations clean by partnering with renewable energy producers across the globe. The initiative has reduced Apple’s greenhouse emission by 40%, a positive trend towards its zero-carbon target by the end of this decade. Currently, Apple has done away with 15 million metric tons of emissions through low carbon materials, using clean energy efficiently.
Since Apple declared its intent of cleaning up its energy across its operations, manufacturing supply chain, and product lifecycle, it has established strong collaborations with renewable energy suppliers. By 2030, the firm wants its products to be 100% clean, meaning every device sold will have no negative impact on the environment.