Clarifying rumors that have been spreading since fall last year, Apple Inc. has officially confirmed that it is behind two clean energy projects in Oregon, including one that the company said its largest ever.
In its recent “Environmental Responsibility Report” the tech giant stated that it had inked some power purchase agreements to build a wind power facility in Gilliam County and a solar power plant in Crook County, which is said to be the largest of its kind in the state. The agreements came through the program called “Direct Access”, which would allow commercial end-users to refuse using standard utility service and instead purchase power from independent electricity service suppliers. With this deal, Apple is positioned to provide a huge amount of clean energy to the state’s power grid.
Previously, it was reported that Portland-based energy service supplier Avangrid Renewables had struck a deal to sell power from the Gala Solar power plant in Prineville, where Apple has a data center. Then, Avangrid announced that it found a buyer for power from the Montague Wind Power Project.
According to a spokesperson from Avangrid, they still could not confirm the identity of the off-taker on both clean energy projects at this time, but Apple could. During the Earth Day, Apple stated:
“To support our Prineville data center, we recently signed a 200-megawatt power purchase agreement for a new Oregon wind farm, the Montague Wind Power Project, set to come online by the end of 2018.”
The tech giant also noted that this would be its largest project to date, which will generate more than 560 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy every year.