The Cupertino giant has finally confirmed its first retail store in the South-East Asian region, announcing its first retail store in Singapore.
We have more than 900 incredible employees working in our Singapore contact center and are thrilled to begin hiring the team that will open our first Apple Store in Singapore — an incredible international city and shopping destination.
said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s Senior Vice President for Retail and Online Stores in a statement.
Apple also announced that their operations in Singapore will be fully powered by solar energy as it has partnered with the largest clean energy provider of Singapore, Sunseap Group.
We’re thrilled to be working with Sunseap and the government of Singapore to pioneer new ways to bring solar energy to the country and bring Apple even closer to our goal of powering our facilities around the world with 100 percent renewable energy,
said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives in a statement.
The solar energy will be obtained from the solar panels installed on over 800 buildings by Sunseap and the project is expected to generate 50 megawatts of power, equivalent to the power consumed by 900 homes. Apple will use 33 megawatts out of this to power its retail store and 2,5000-person corporate campus. The remainder power will be supplied to other customers of Sunseap including public housing.
The new retail store is expected to open at the heart of Singapore’s shopping district on Orchard Road, where it will be taking over 15,000 square feet of space.
In addition to Apple’s corporate office in Ang Mo Kio, two other buildings are expected to come up in 2016 in One North and Orchard Road locations in Singapore,
said Lawrence Wu, director at Sunseap Group.
He further added that they expect to power those buildings and any more offices that Apple opens in future.
Apple was recently ranked among the few companies, the other companies being Microsoft and Alphabet Inc, who are doing the most to fight climate change. Recently, Apple also announced to build an additional 200 megawatts of solar power in China in addition to the two solar farms in southern China that have now been completed.
According to the Apple website, 100% of its US operations and 100% of their data centres are running on renewables whereas 87% of their global operations are based on renewable energy. These worldwide operations include data centers, all corporate offices, and more than 450 Apple retail stores.