Apple to open retail store in Singapore powered only by sun

Singapore's First Apple Store


SINGAPORE (AP) — Apple will open its first retail store in Singapore, which will also be Southeast Asia's first to be powered solely by solar energy, officials said Monday.

Solar energy developer Sunseap Group said in a statement that it will provide the store with renewable energy by harnessing its systems set up across 800 of the city's rooftops from January next year.

The tech-giant, however, did not reveal the store's location in Singapore or the opening date, likely to be in 2016. It also did not confirm the store would be run by solar energy, but directed media queries to the Sunseap statement.

A Singapore government official also confirmed the venture.

"Sunseap's strategic partnership with Apple represents a new frontier in Singapore's drive to utilize more cost-competitive renewable energy," said Goh Chee Kiong, a top official at the government's Economic Development Board.

All that Apple would say through a statement by Angela Ahrendts, a corporate official, is that it is "thrilled to begin hiring a team that will open our first Apple Store in Singapore."

With the deal, Apple will be the first company in Singapore to run exclusively on renewable energy. Apple's website lists 14 open positions for its Singapore retail store, ranging from store leaders, to business managers and technical assistants.

Ripples of an impending official announcement started in late October, when a popular gym informed members it would close its four-story Knightsbridge mall outlet in Orchard Road — Singapore's prime shopping district — on Dec. 15.

Pure Fitness said this will make way for the opening of Apple's first store in 2016.

Apple currently sells its products in the physical stores of two authorized premium resellers, which have a total of 18 outlets across the city-state, and its online store.

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Employees assist attendees in front of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium before the start of an Apple Inc. product announcement in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Apple is expected to unveil its iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as an updated version of its Apple TV set-top box. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Apple CEO Tim Cook waves as he arrives on stage during an Apple Special Event on at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the 6S and 6S Plus. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple TV set-top box. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Apple CEO Tim Cook waves as he arrive on stage during an Apple Special Event on at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the 6S and 6S Plus. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple TV set-top box. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)
Jeff Williams, senior vice president of operations for Apple Inc., speaks during an Apple product announcement in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil its iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as an updated version of its Apple TV set-top box. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., speaks during an Apple product announcement in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil its iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as an updated version of its Apple TV set-top box. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks about the prices for iPad Pro on stage during a Special Event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the 6S and 6S Plus. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple TV set-top box. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks about the prices for iPads on stage during a Special Event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the 6S and 6S Plus. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple TV set-top box. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)
Apple TV is demonstrated during the Apple Inc. product announcement in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Apple Inc. introduced a larger iPad with a 12.9-inch screen, designed to attract business users and jump-start demand for its tablets. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Philip 'Phil' Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc., speaks during an Apple product announcement in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Apple Inc. introduced a larger iPad with a 12.9-inch screen, designed to attract business users and jump-start demand for its tablets. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Philip 'Phil' Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc., speaks during an Apple product announcement in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Apple Inc. introduced a larger iPad with a 12.9-inch screen, designed to attract business users and jump-start demand for its tablets. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Philip 'Phil' Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc., speaks about the Apple Inc. iPhone 6s and 6s Plus smartphones during an Apple product announcement in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Apple Inc. introduced a larger iPad with a 12.9-inch screen, designed to attract business users and jump-start demand for its tablets. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., speaks during an Apple product announcement in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Apple Inc. introduced a larger iPad with a 12.9-inch screen, designed to attract business users and jump-start demand for its tablets. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Attendees line up in front of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium before the start of an Apple Inc. product announcement in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Apple is expected to unveil its iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as an updated version of its Apple TV set-top box. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Credentials sit on a table in front of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium before the start of an Apple Inc. product announcement in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Apple is expected to unveil its iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as an updated version of its Apple TV set-top box. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Attendees line up in front of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium before the start of an Apple Inc. product announcement in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Apple is expected to unveil its iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as an updated version of its Apple TV set-top box. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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