Apple has announced that it will invest €1.7 billion ($1.92 billion) in two new data centers in Europe.The facilities will be located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland and will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Tim Cook said the following:
“We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent. his 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 new data centers will power Apple’s online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe. Apple's new facilities will run entirely on clean, renewable energy sources. Apple also said that it will work with local partners to develop additional renewable energy projects from wind or other sources. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environmental Initiatives, also weighed in with the following:
“We believe that innovation is about leaving the world better than we found it, and that the time for tackling climate change is now. 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.”
The Denmark facility will capture excess heat from equipment inside the facility and conduct it into the district heating system to help warm homes in the neighboring community. Also, Apple will recover land previously used for growing and harvesting non-native trees for the Irish project. The two data centers are expected to begin operations in 2017.