Apple has announced plans to build two data centres in Europe at a cost of €1.7bn. The sites will be 100 percent powered by renewable energy sources.
Apple said that the facilities in County Galway in Ireland and the Jutland area of Denmark will power online services such as the iTunes and App stores, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers in Europe.
Each site will measure 166,000 square metres and will come online during 2017. Apple also said that part of the builds will involve projects designed to benefit the local communities in the area.
In Ireland this will involve recovering land previously used for growing and harvesting non-native trees and restoring native trees to the nearby Derrydonnell Forest.
Apple will also provide an "outdoor education space for local schools, as well as a walking trail for the community", the firm said.
The site in Denmark will eliminate the need for additional generators by locating it adjacent to one of the country’s largest electrical substations.
The facility will also capture excess heat from equipment inside the facility and conduct it into the district heating system to help warm homes in the area.
An artist's impression of the Irish site is pictured above and the Danish site below.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook explained that the plans are in response to huge demand for its services in Europe, and should create and maintain thousands of jobs in the region.
“This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date,” he said.
“We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet.”
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental initiatives, added that the company will work with local suppliers to source renewable energy for the sites.
“We believe that innovation is about leaving the world better than we found it, and that the time for tackling climate change is now,” she 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."
Apple said that it spent €7.8bn with European companies and suppliers last year, the first time it has revealed this information.
Apple has made several announcements relating to the use of renewable energy to power its data centres and its new headquarters as Tim Cook makes this a major focus of his leadership, even against the wishes of some investors.
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