Apple to procure power from Windlab's 600-MW wind project in Queensland

Wind farm in Australia. Image by: Apple Inc.

August 11 (Renewables Now) - Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) has committed to buying electricity from a 600-MW wind farm that is planned to be built by renewables developer Windlab Pty Ltd in Queensland, Australia, the iPhone maker said today.

The contract calls for the US technology giant to purchase renewable power from the Upper Burdekin wind farm, once the complex goes online in 2026.

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While it did not specify the volume to be procured from the project, Apple said that the contracted power is equal to the electricity consumption of 80,000 homes per year. For comparison, Windlab estimates that its 100-turbine project can produce electricity for up to 300,000 Australian homes.

Apple is already carbon neutral across its global operations and aims to achieve the same across its entire business and manufacturing supply chain and products by 2030.

Windlab, owned by Squadron Energy and Federation Asset Management, intends to build the Upper Burdekin wind park on pastoral land in Queensland’s Badhun county. Last month, the developer sealed an indigenous land use agreement with the traditional owners of the selected site.

Upper Burdekin is the second project contracted by Apple to address the electricity customers use to charge their Apple devices and follows a deal for a 300-MW solar project in Texas. The company noted that 10 GW of clean energy plants are already in operation across its supply chain.

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