Apple on Monday announced plans to invest €1.7 billion, or approximately $1.92 billion, into new data centers in Ireland and Denmark. One will be located in County Galway’s Athenry in Ireland and the other in Denmark’s central Jutland.
Focusing in on Apple’s initiative to preserve the worlds resources, both 166,000-square-meter data centers will be powered by 100 percent renewable resources on day one. The facilities are expected to begin in 2017, and is there to aid Apple’s online services for users in Europe. These services include iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps, and Siri. The Denmark facility, will capture excess heat and conduct it into the districts heating system to aid heat homes in the neighboring communities.
“The project will also provide an outdoor education space for local schools, as well as a walking trail for the community,” notes the media release. “We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent,” said CEO Tim Cook.
Additional tidbits from Apple’s press release:
- The company supports nearly 672,000 European jobs, of which 530,000 jobs directly related to the development of iOS apps.
- Since the App Store’s debut in 2008, developers across Europe have earned more than €6.6 billion, or $7.46 billion, through the worldwide sale of apps.
- Apple now directly employs 18,300 people across 19 European countries.
- The company has added over 2,000 jobs in Europe in the last 12 months alone.
- Last year, they spent more than €7.8 billion, or approximately $8.82 billion, with European companies and suppliers helping build Apple products and support operations around the world.
The new data centers will provide Apple’s smallest environmental footprint thus far.