Apple is planning to build 200 megawatts worth of solar projects in China and is pushing its suppliers to go green amid ongoing criticism that its local partners cause heavy pollution.
The Cupertino, CA firm said its solar projects will be built across northern, eastern and southern China and produce the equivalent of the energy used by more by than 265,000 Chinese homes in a year and will "begin to offset the energy used in Apple's supply chain".
On top of this, Foxconn, a key Apple supplier, will build 400 megawatts of solar projects in the Henan Province by 2018. Foxconn said it has committed to generate as much clean energy as its Zhengzhou factory consumes in final production of iPhone.
"Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time, and the time for action is now," Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, said in a statement.