- By Zakiya Afzani
iPhone’s makers, Apple, builds their second renewable energy powered data centre in Denmark
Apple Inc said on Monday it will spend 6 billion Danish crowns ($921 million USD / 354 million OMR) on a new data center in Denmark, its second in the Nordic country to run entirely on renewable energy.
Facebook in January also announced plans to build a data center in Denmark, only its third outside of the United States.
Denmark has a strong history of housing data centres for multinational corporations including The International Press and Media Group, which owns Al-Sahawat Times.
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Apple has pledged to back the Paris climate accord by switching to renewable energy and has recently issued a $1 billion USD green bond after the United States pulled out of the pact. Chief Executive Tim Cook was one of several CEOs who directly appealed to President Donald Trump to keep the United States in the pact before he made his decision.
Californian based Apple as a corporation makes more money each year than the USA.
Apple said the data centre would begin operations in the second quarter of 2019 in Aabenraa in southern Denmark near the German border.
It will power Apple’s online services, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.
“We’re thrilled to be expanding our data center operations in Denmark, and investing in new sources of clean power. Erik Stannow, Nordic manager for Apple, said in a statement.
“The planned facility in Aabenraa, like all of our data centres, will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one, thanks to new clean energy sources we’re adding.” he added.
Apple’s first data centre in Denmark near the town of Viborg is due to begin formal operations later this year.
Apple said a planned data centre in Athenry, Ireland, announced in 2015 had yet to begin construction.
Apple confirmed that the Irish data centre is currently under judicial review.
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