Apple has announced it plans on spending $1.9 billion for new data centers located in Denmark and Ireland.
The “state-of-the-art” facilities located in central Jutland and County Galway respectively, will each use 100 percent renewable energy in order to power Apple’s iTunes Store, App Store, Siri voice assistant, and iMessage and Maps applications.
This latest green initiative by Apple comes after the company’s announcement to build a massive solar farm in Monterey, California, except the European sites will also focus on a local initiative.
Beginning in 2017, the 166,000 square meter data centers in Denmark and Ireland will take on a specific local task, for example the Danish data center expects to capture excess heat and return it to the district’s heating system to help warm local homes.
The County Galway project, on the other hand, will feature an outdoor education area for schools in addition to helping recover land previously used to harvest non-native trees. One of the main goals is to return native flora to the surrounding area.