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Technology giants are deploying renewable energy

  • Source:the Internet
  • Release on :2019-04-24
In addition to Starbucks, high-tech companies such as Apple, Google, and Amazon have long been quietly deployed in the field of continued power. In addition to economic reasons and social responsibilities, these companies may have more far-reaching considerations.

When the outside world regarded Starbucks as the protagonist of the coffee war, the coffee giant did something that seemed to be less relevant to competition.

On April 15, Starbucks, CypressCreek Renewable Power and Bank of America announced that they will fund a series in Texas.Photovoltaic project.

Following the recent grid-connected PV project, 360 Starbucks stores in Texas will be powered by two 10MW PV projects. In addition, Starbucks will also independently fund CypressCreek's six PV projects in Texas, roughly equivalent to 50MW of installed capacity.

Starbucks is not the first timePVilluminate. Bank of America and Starbucks have partnered in North Carolina to fund a 47MW photovoltaic project to power 600 Starbucks stores.

Not only in the solar energy category, Starbucks has also entered the wind energy category. Starbucks has partnered with Puget Sound Energy on a wind power project that supplies clean power to 116 Starbucks stores.

Continue to add more to the back of photovoltaic power generation, Starbucks' policy is to achieve 100% of the global store power supply from clean power.

In addition to Starbucks, high-tech companies such as Apple, Google, and Amazon have long been quietly deployed in the field of continued power.

What are the characteristics and demands of high-tech companies across the border?


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Giants' regenerative dynamic complex

Many people were impressed with the iPhoneX conference.

For more than a year, iPhoneX was released at Apple's new headquarters. At the press conference, when Apple CEO Cook said that the office building used 100% renewable power and was the world's largest rooftop photovoltaic power station, the audience applauded.

The disclosure of the material revealed that the top of the ring of Apple Park's office building, Apple Park, was fully equipped with solar panels with an installed capacity of 17 MW, which enabled it to generate electricity for itself and 100% to continue power supply.

In addition, the ventilation system of the entire building is not air-conditioned but naturally ventilated. There is no need for an air conditioner throughout the building.

In fact, Apple started the layout in the photovoltaic field early. Compared with other high-tech companies, Apple is a company with more and more “enclosures” in China.

Four years ago, Apple began to invest in China's photovoltaic industry. In April 2015, Apple and the subsidiary of Zhonghuan Co., Ltd. Sichuan Haotianxin Power Development Co., Ltd. jointly established two companies to operate two companies.Solar photovoltaicAt the power station, the project will generate up to 80 million kWh of clean power per year.

In November of the same year, Apple and Sun Power, a subsidiary of Central China, and SunPower, a US solar energy producer, and its subsidiaries established three Sino-foreign cooperative ventures in Inner Mongolia to jointly operate three new power photovoltaic power plants.

In June of the following year, in June 2016, Apple, which has entered the new power category, simply created a power subsidiary “Apple EnergyLCC”. Why build a subsidiary that has little to do with the main business? Because many states in the United States implement net metering prices, allowing grid users with green power generation equipment to deliver electricity to the grid and sell the remaining electricity for profit. At the moment, Apple's power generation project is now quite large, requiring the establishment of subsidiaries to sell surplus power.

Sold to home users, the need to build expensive infrastructure first, Apple's customers selling electricity is mainly the power sector.

Revealing the material, Apple now has 25 operating renewable power projects in 11 countries. Eight years ago, only 16% of the equipment was powered by renewable power. By 2015, this number has now risen to 93%, reaching 96% by 2016.

In April last year, Cook reposted Apple's news, which officially announced that Apple retail stores, offices, data centers and other venues in 43 countries and regions have now fully powered 100% renewable power.

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Another technology giant, Google's solar investment has a special feature: both size and size.

In 2015, Google invested $300 million in SolarCity to fund more than 25,000 home solar projects. SolarCity is a specialized development home in the United StatesPVThe item is intended to be a company.

Google also funded a large-scale ground-based photovoltaic power plant such as Ivanpah. Located in the California desert, the still-popular Ivanpah photovoltaic power station proves that solar thermal power plants in high-temperature and high-pressure deserts are also promising.

Google's solution to use 3,600 MW of clean power by 2025, transforming its 14 data centers on 4 continents into renewable power, and increasing demand for Internet search services, map transactions, Gmail mailbox transactions, and YouTube video services. At the same time, it can guarantee the regenerative power of the company's business operations.

Among the technology giants, Amazon has also set a policy to develop at least 50 rooftop solar photovoltaic projects worldwide by 2020. The e-retailer now has 28 PV and wind projects in the US.

As early as March 2017, Amazon also announced a new program to install in its logistics distribution center.Solar photovoltaic.

These initial projects are located at Amazon's facilities in California, New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada, and Delaware. Amazon shows that solar power plants supply 80% of the electricity demand for each logistics distribution center.

In addition, Amazon is building wind and solar power plants in North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia, USA, which are enough to power 240,000 US homes.

Facebook founder and CEO Zuckerberg is also the iron powder for photovoltaic power generation. In 2017, he praised photovoltaic power generation in his exposure speech at Harvard University. In his view, photovoltaic power can stop climate change and maintain the planet. Facebook has revealed promises that by 2020, its operations will use 100% renewable energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 75%.



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Responsibility and ambition

It seems that the main business of the technology company has little to do with photovoltaics. What is the intention of the technology giant to fund a career that is not yet sophisticated and has nothing to do with the main business?

The official explanation for Google's involvement in the power profession is to deal with the power usage of the company's data center. Google's emphasis on "cloud computing" requires a large number of data centers. The data center consumes a lot of power and is called the "electric tiger."

According to calculations, the total power consumption of global data centers now accounts for 3% of global electricity use. According to the current electricity price budget, by 2025, the total amount of electricity used by global data centers will exceed $10 billion.

Facebook can continue to develop reports showing that from 2013 to 2017, the company's carbon dioxide emissions have steadily increased, during which the expanding data center "dedication" is the largest. The greenhouse gas emissions associated with Facebook's data center operations increased from 360,000 tons in 2013 to 600,000 tons in 2017, an increase of 67% in four years.

In the meantime, the Facebook data center consumes more power than any other part of the company's operations, and using renewable power to power it is also a cost-effective way to handle it.

In addition to technology companies, LinkedIn, IKEA, Microsoft and many other companies have layouts in the new power category. Why do these giants cross-border photovoltaics? For enterprises, access to photovoltaics has the following advantages:

First, save money. The commercial electricity price is about 1 yuan / kW, which is close to twice the residential electricity price. Enterprises can save a large amount of electricity costs when planting photovoltaic power plants on factory buildings, warehouses, and office buildings.

Second, increase the income. In addition to saving high electricity and electricity bills, companies can also sell endless electricity to the grid, perhaps to other companies in the park. And every time a distributed PV project is powered, it can earn state subsidies and local subsidies regardless of whether it is sold for self-use.

Photovoltaic power generation can save energy and reduce emissions. Therefore, enterprises can conduct carbon emission trading and green power certificate trading, which is a considerable income.

Third, it is conducive to enhancing the social image of the company.

Fourth, it is conducive to the operation of the capital market. The use of green power for photovoltaic power plants is conducive to maintaining the environment and is a manifestation of companies' screening for social responsibilities. Therefore, these enterprises will obtain certain points when applying for listing.

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