The two 166,000 square-metres-facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and in Viborg in Denmark’s central Jutland, will power Apple’s online services for customers across Europe.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO says:
“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.”
According to Apple, the new facilities will run entirely on clean, renewable energy sources from day one. The company will also work with local partners to develop additional renewable energy projects from wind or other sources to provide power in the future. The two new facilities will have the lowest environmental impact yet for an Apple data centre.
About the reason for choosing Denmark and Ireland, Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environmental Initiatives says:
“We’re excited to spur green industry growth in Ireland and Denmark and develop energy systems that take advantage of their strong wind resources.”
To Danish TV2, the Danish Minister for Economic Affairs and the Interior, Morten Østergaard says that “This is fantastic news, not least because it is Denmark’s position as a green leader that has attracted Apple because they can get renewable energy to run a giant data centre”.
In Viborg, Denmark, Apple will eliminate the need for additional generators by locating the data centre adjacent to one of Denmark’s largest electrical substations. The facility is also designed to capture excess heat from equipment inside the facility and conduct it into the district heating system to help warm homes in the neighbouring community.