Solar panels at Apple Mesa, Arizona plant catch fire

The Daily Caller reports solar panels on Apple’s Mesa, Arizona plant caught fire on Tuesday. Citing a report by Arizona’s ABC 15 News, the solar panels that caught fire were located on the top of the building’s loading dock. Fortunately, no one was hurt and it took firefighters a little over a half an hour to put out the blaze.

Apple has touted its promise to use 100 percent renewable energy at all of its data centers like the one in Arizona. The company even went so far as to hire former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to head its Environmental Initiatives effort. However, all is not what it seems with Apple’s reduced carbon footprint. The Daily Caller points out in 2013 that the company buys carbon offsets and most of the company’s carbon footprint comes from manufacturing and production and most of the energy that flows into its data centers is from fossil fuel sources. The company pays more to have green power produced elsewhere and its green energy claim is nothing more than a way for the company to promote its green image.