Apple is planning to spend $1.93 billion for opening two new data centres, one in Ireland and one in Denmark. The Galway and Jutland data centres will be powered by clean, renewable energy, expected to go online in 2017 and will be in line with Apple’s other data facilities. This move will also help Apple keep Europeans’ data in Europe.
“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,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
Both data centres will power Apple’s online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe. To accompany the construction of its Irish data centre the company will embark on a native tree-planting. The project will also provide an outdoor education space for local schools, as well as a walking trail for the community. 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.
Last year, Apple had spent more than $8.8 billion with European companies and suppliers helping build Apple products and support operations around the world.