Advanced Energy Economy, May 15, 2015. Image credit: markusspiske
Apple announced early this week that the company’s manufacturing supply chain will be entirely powered with renewable energy: solar, wind, biogas, fuel cells, geothermal, and small hydropower plants. Apple’s commitment to advanced energy isn’t new: as of 2014, all of Apple’s U.S. data centers and corporate facilities are powered by renewable energy, and recently the company entered what was hailed as “a really big deal”: a partnership with AEE member First Solar to purchase $850 million-worth of solar power. Adding the supply chain to the equation is a whole new bushel of apples, though. Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog reports that Apple’s supply chain uses 60 times as much power as the company’s facilities.
Speaking of 100 percent renewable capacity, Hawaii’s legislature just passed a bill that includes a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that goes to the max. HB 623, which is headed to the Governor’s desk, sets a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. Hawaii is a leader in advanced energy: Pacific Business News reports that Hawaii currently produces 21 percent of its power from renewable sources.
Here in the U.S., Philadelphia’s Navy Yard has chosen AEE member Landys+Gyr to install a smart grid system on the 1,200-acre development. The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp, the public-private development corporation renovating The Navy Yard, selected Landys+Gyr to help it “realize a new energy vision” by “completely modernizing the energy systems,” according to Will Agate, Senior Vice President, Navy Yard Management & Development at PIDC. Landys+Gyr will deploy Gridstream, a system that will integrate The Navy Yard’s energy storage systems, solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations, and more. “We’re really one of the forerunners in terms of deploying these various forms of distributed generation,” Agate said.