Apple Supplier Ibiden to invest in 12 MW PV installations

This floating PV installation forms part of Ibiden's new investments in solar.

Ibiden will be the first of Apple’s Japanese partners to make the move towards renewable energy, investing in more than 20 generation facilities across Japan.

“We’re proud to partner with suppliers like Ibiden who recognize that renewable energy investments are good for the environment and good for business,” says Lisa Jackson, Vice President for environment, policy and social initiatives at Apple. “As we continue our push to power our global operations with 100% renewable energy, it is more important than ever that we help our manufacturing partners make the same transition to cleaner sources.”

Ibiden’s investments will amount to more than 12 MW of PV capacity, which Apple say is more than enough to power its manufacturing of components for them.

“These innovative new clean energy investments demonstrate our commitment to doing business responsibly,” says Kyoichi Yamanaka, Managing Director of Ibiden’s environment group. “We’re pleased to partner with Apple and lead the way in helping Japan meet its clean energy goals.”

Apple has taken big steps in renewable energy, recently installing a 17 MW rooftop array at its brand new Apple Park Headquarters in Cupertino, California. The company is also promoting renewable energy abroad, and states that 93% of its global operations are now powered by renewable energy.