Apple's next data centre will be powered entirely by renewable energy

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 10, 2017

Apple has sourced 100 per cent renewable power for its data centres since 2013 and now has 945MW of renewables projects either operational or under development in the US, China, Singapore, and Japan.

Apple on Monday said it would invest nine billion Danish kroner ($920 million, 810 million euros) in a data centre in Denmark, its second in the country to run entirely on clean energy. The center will power Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.

In total, the project will cost $921 million and the company expects that its new data centre will begin operations during the second quarter of 2019.

Erik Stannow, Nordic Manager for Apple, said the new Aabenraa data centre underlined the company's commitment to only running its data centres on 100 per cent renewable power. Denmark, a leader in wind power, has abundant supplies of wind energy as well biomass energy. In January, Facebook announced its own plans to build its third data centre outside of the U.S. in Denmark. According to the spokeswoman, the facility in Athenry, Ireland, is under judicial review and, as such, construction is yet to begin.

Easy access to 100-percent renewable energy and the reliability of the Danish grid motivated the decision, Apple said. Those using abusive language or negative behavior will result in being blacklisted on Disqus.

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