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Apple Launches First Store Fueled 100% On Renewable Energy

By Brian Spaen

Apple has launched nearly 500 stores across the world, and their reach has extended into Singapore for the first time. Just last Saturday they opened up Apple Orchard Road, and it’s a little bit different than most of the other stores. This new building is completely fueled by renewable energy sources.

Designs behind the new Apple store in Southeast Asia were created due to Singapore’s commitment to green energy. All business and government buildings are in the process of transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy. It’s a big undertaking considering how tough it is for Singapore to generate electricity from alternative sources. Wind speeds aren’t consistent and generally too slow for moving turbines. There also isn’t a lot of space to install large solar power plants to fuel the population.

Despite limitations, they’ve been able to make the new Apple store operate successfully with what they can bring in, which is mostly run on solar energy. The company signed an agreement with Sunseap, which has installed panels on 800 buildings across Singapore and they’ll be taking some of that energy. However, this isn’t a small feat -- the store is a massive 120-feet wide and includes two stories. The bottom level features what traditional stores have to offer, housing the many different products that Apple offers.