Solvay has opened a new solar farm in the United States.
Solvay Solar Energy-Jasper County is South Carolina’s largest solar farm, with more than 250,000 solar panels covering an area as large as 500 soccer fields. In 2017, the company agreed to buy all of the renewable energy certificates (RECs) produced by the 71.4-megawatt farm for 15 years.
Additionally, Solvay Specialty Polymers Global Business Unit has pledged to use 100% renewable power for all Apple production (currently encompassing 10 facilities in six countries). The company supplies materials used in Apple devices, including the iPhone antenna band.
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“This agreement is part of Solvay's plans to expand its renewable energy sources to reduce our own greenhouse gas intensity as well as those of our customers, including Apple, which uses renewable power for its own operations,” said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay.
Added Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives: “We’re thrilled to work alongside our suppliers like Solvay to transition to cleaner energy sources. Renewable energy investments are good for the environment and good for business. This is why Apple is now powered by 100 percent renewable energy and 23 of our suppliers, including Solvay, have committed to using 100 percent renewable energy.”