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Apple Spends Nearly $2 Billion on European Data Centres

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Apple has announced plans to invest USD1.9 billion in two data centres in Europe, each powered by renewable energy.

The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark's central Jutland, will power Apple's online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.

"This significant new investment represents Apple's biggest project in Europe to date. We're thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet." said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO.

Apple now directly employs 18,300 people across 19 European countries and has added over 2,000 jobs in the past year.

Like all Apple data centres, the new facilities will run entirely on renewable energy sources, and Apple said that it  will also work with local partners to develop additional renewable energy projects from wind or other sources to provide power in the future.

The two data centres, each measuring 166,000 square metres, are expected to begin operations in 2017 and include designs with additional benefits for their communities. For the project in Athenry, Ireland, Apple will recover land previously used for growing and harvesting non-native trees and restore native trees to Derrydonnell Forest. The project will also provide an outdoor education space for local schools, as well as a walking trail for the community.

In Viborg, Denmark, Apple will eliminate the need for additional generators by locating the data centre adjacent to one of Denmark's largest electrical substations. The facility is also designed to capture excess heat from equipment inside the facility and conduct it into the district heating system to help warm homes in the neighboring community.

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