Commercial, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables - July 12, 2017
Apple plans new 100% RE data center in Denmark
Apple Inc. announced June 10 that it plans to build its new data center in Aabenraa, Denmark, to run entirely on renewable energy, according to a report from Reuters.
According to the news service, this will be the tech company’s second 100% renewable energy-run data center in Denmark. The first is expected to begin operations later this year and is located near the town of Viborg.
“The reliability of the Danish grid is one of the main reasons we will operate two sites in Denmark,” Erik Stannow, Nordic manager for Apple, told Reuters.
The project will cost Apple 6 billion Danish crowns, equivalent to $921 million.
As one of the growing number of Fortune 500 companies committed to helping to uphold Paris climate accord commitments, the new center is a continuation of Apple’s pledge to run all of its global operations, including data centers, with 100% renewable energy.
According to Reuters, the new data center will power Apple’s online services for European customers, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri.
Operations for the Aabenraa center are planned to begin in the second quarter of 2019.
“Denmark is becoming northern Europe's hub for data centers with a high prospective for growth for the tracking industries delivering solutions to the many data centers sprouting up all over the world,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Apple isn’t the only tech giant getting in on Demark’s clean energy resources. Facebook Inc. announced in January its plan to build a new data center in Denmark as well, Reuters noted.
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