Following the discovery in June thatÂ Apple set up an energy subsidiary, â€˜Apple Energyâ€™ LLC, with plans to sell off its excess renewable energy, SiliconBeatÂ reportsÂ that the company todayÂ received approval to begin doing so.
The approval from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission means Apple will be able to start selling excess energy generated from its solar farms and other renewable energy facilities it has located in Nevada, Arizona, and California:
Federal energy regulators on Thursday approved Appleâ€™s application to start selling solar power at market ratesâ€¦ The tech company owns generation capacity of 20 megawatts in Nevada, 50 megawatts in Arizona and 130 megawatts in California. The latter output â€“ enough to power tens of thousands of homes â€“ will come from Appleâ€™s $850 million partnership with sun-farm firm First Solar, at the California Flats solar project in southeast Monterey County.
The company, however, is still waiting on approval to sell excess electricity it plans to generate from new installations at its currently under constructionsÂ Campus 2Â in Cupertino. TheÂ 176-acre campus, expected to become the companyâ€™s headquarters early next year, will run on 100% renewable energy generated in large part from on-siteÂ photovoltaics and fuel cells. The on-site photovoltaics alone are rated at 14 megawatts.
Following the discovery of Appleâ€™s energy subsidiary in June, the company alsoÂ received the go aheadÂ to construct a landfill gas energy plant in North Carolina.