CleanMax and Apple form JV for renewable energy projects in India


Clean Max Enviro Energy Solutions (CleanMax), a leader in renewable energy for the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) sector in Asia, has announced a joint venture (JV) with global tech giant Apple. This partnership marks a significant milestone in India’s renewable energy sector, focusing on the development of rooftop solar projects across the country. The collaboration has already resulted in the installation of 14.4 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity across six industrial sites in India, poised to reduce approximately 207,000 tons of CO2 emissions over their lifespan.

Accelerating India’s Green Energy Transition

The joint venture between CleanMax and Apple is set to play a pivotal role in propelling India towards its renewable energy goals. By providing essential financing for renewable projects, the partnership enables industries to shift towards sustainable energy sources, thereby optimizing their energy costs. This initiative not only supports the corporate operations of Apple in India but also aligns with the company’s global commitment to environmental sustainability. In 2018, Apple achieved 100% renewable energy for its global operations and is actively working towards its ambitious climate goal for 2030.

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Innovative Business Model and Environmental Impact

The business model underlying this partnership ensures that the environmental benefits from the projects will contribute directly to mitigating the emissions associated with Apple’s corporate activities in India. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, emphasized the company’s dedication to sustainability, stating, “Clean energy and water are foundational to healthy communities and essential building blocks for a responsible business. We’re racing toward our ambitious Apple 2030 climate goal while taking on the long-term work to transform electrical grids and restore watersheds to build a cleaner future for all.”

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Corporate Leadership in Sustainability

Kuldeep Jain, Managing Director of CleanMax, expressed enthusiasm about the joint venture, highlighting it as a milestone in their mission to be a sustainability partner to corporations. “Our mission is to be sustainability partner to corporates, and we consider this JV to be a big milestone in our journey. It showcases an industry-leading approach to the creation of green energy assets,” said Jain. The increasing interest from other consumer brands in similar joint ventures signals a positive trend towards sustainability.

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Strategic Impact and Future Outlook

As India moves swiftly towards a carbon-neutral future, corporations like CleanMax and Apple are at the forefront, contributing to the country’s renewable energy targets while achieving cost savings and enhanced energy security. CleanMax, with a robust portfolio of 2GW of operating renewable assets and a diverse client base exceeding 750 across various industries, continues to drive the transition towards a more sustainable energy landscape. The partnership between CleanMax and Apple serves as a compelling example of how cross-sector collaborations can address critical environmental challenges, fostering innovative solutions that promote economic growth while prioritizing sustainability and carbon neutrality.

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