Tim Cook gave an impassioned speech at the Goldman Sachs technology conference this week in San Francisco, revealing Apple’s plans to build a massive solar complex in Monteray County, California. Cook, Apple’s CEO, gave the audience some details of the plan, including the projected cost, which is approximately $850 million.
The plant will generate enough power to fill the needs of Apple’s two campuses, a data center and each of ths company’s 52 Apple stores in the area. The 1300 acre plant will be large enough to power 50,000 homes, which is about 130 megawatts of solar power. Apple teamed with First Solar, a solar company based in Arizona, to complete the project by late 2016.
At the conference, Tim Cook discussed Apple’s attitude and commitment to making positive changes for the environment, stating that the company was “doing this because it’s right to do.” He added that they understand “at Apple that climate change is real. The time for talk has passed and the time for action is now.”
Greenpeace Senior IT Sector Analyst Gary Cook gave a statement after the announcement, saying that “it’s one thing to talk about being 100 percent renewably powered, but it’s quite another thing to make good on that commitment with the incredible speed and integrity that Apple has shown in the past two years. Apple still has work to do to reduce its environmental footprint, but other Fortune 500 CEOs would be well served to make a study of Tim Cook, whose actions show that he intends to take Apple full-speed ahead toward renewable energy with the urgency that our climate crisis demands.”
With this project completed, Apple will overtake Walmart as the largest corporate solar power user in the United States.