April 1, 2021: Computer giant Apple announced on March 31 it was boosting its presence in the energy storage sector with one of the largest battery projects in the US, a 240MWh system in the California Flats.
The battery will store electricity generated by its 130MW solar farm and will be capable of storing enough energy to power more than 7,000 homes for one day, Apple says, marking ‘the next frontier’ of the company’s efforts to become carbon neutral by 2030.
Media reports that the batteries will be Tesla lithium-ion ‘megapacks’ have not been confirmed by Apple.
News agency Reuters quoted Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, as saying that the installation would take away the concern of intermittency as well as help the grid in terms of stabilization.
“It’s something that can be imitated or build upon by other companies,” she said, adding that Apple planned to share its experience of building the installation with other companies.
In the same announcement, Apple said 110 of its manufacturing partners around the world were moving to 100% renewable energy for their Apple production, which means almost 8GW is set to come online.
It also says that alongside its utility-scale storage installations, it intends to invest in more distributed storage capabilities in the Santa Clara valley.