February 23, 2015
Apple is shelling out $1.9-billion to build two data centers — one in Ireland, one in Denmark — that will be powered completely by renewable energy to power the firm’s online services for its European customers.
The centers, located in County Galway in Ireland and central Jutland in Denmark, will power Apple’s European iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri.
“We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date. We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet.”
The centers will each measure 166,000 square metres and are expected to begin operations in 2017. Apple said it plans to work with “partners” in Ireland and Denmark to develop supplementary renewable energy sources, possibly from wind or other sources, to supply power in the future. The two newest centers are expected to have the lowest environmental impact yet of any of Apple’s data facilities.
“We believe that innovation is about leaving the world better than we found it, and that the time for tackling climate change is now,” Apple vice-president of environmental initiatives Lisa Jackson said. “We’re excited to spur green industry growth in Ireland and Denmark and develop energy systems that take advantage of their strong wind resources. Our commitment to environmental responsibility is good for the planet, good for our business and good for the European economy.”
For the Irish center, Apple will recover land formerly used for growing and harvesting non-native trees and has plans to restore native trees to Derrydonnell Forest. As part of the project, the iPhone maker plans to create an outdoor education space for local schools and a walking trail for the community.
In Viborg, Denmark, Apple plans to build the data centre adjacent to one of the country’s largest electrical substations, eliminating the need for generators. The center will be designed to capture excess heat from equipment inside the facility and conduct it into the district heating system to help heat homes in the nearby town.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.