From the press release:
“Steve’s vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We’ve achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy.”
Designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners, Apple Park replaces 5 million square feet of asphalt and concrete with grassy fields and over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees, and is powered by 100 percent renewable energy. With 17 megawatts of rooftop solar, Apple Park will run one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world. It is also the site of the world’s largest naturally ventilated building, projected to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year.
To me, this effort is quintessentially Apple. It’s dramatic and overambitious, but it’s also intentional and beautiful. It’s additionally going to be a big win for clean energy. Alongside companies like Facebook and Google who are closing in on 100% renewable energy this year, Apple is putting their money where their ideals are and demonstrating that a renewable energy future is not simply a Utopian pipe dream. It’s good business.