Transactions - JULY 13, 2017

Apple building $921m renewable powered data center

by Andrea Waitrovich

Apple has plans to spend $921m on a new data center in Denmark, its second in the Nordic country to run entirely on renewable energy and its third facility located outside of the United States.

The project is scheduled for completion during the second quarter 2019. The data center will be located in Aabenraa in southern Denmark.

Apple’s first data center in Denmark is located near the town of Vibor, and it is due to begin operations later this year. Its other European data center, which was announced in 2015 but has not yet started construction, will be located in Athenry, Ireland.. Apple’s Ireland facility has been delayed, largely due to environmental concerns raised by area residents.

Apple has pledged to back the Paris climate accord by switching to renewable energy. In June it issued a $1 billion green bond after the United States pulled out of the pact.

Denmark has become a popular destination for data centers. In January, Facebook announced plans to build a data center in Denmark. It is the firm’s second in the Nordics. In 2012, Facebook’s first data center outside the United States went online in the Arctic region of Sweden. In addition, the company announced plans to build a second European data center in Ireland.

And in June it was reported that Google bought a 73.2-hectare plot in Denmark to build a data center campus.

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