Apple today announced the company will invest €1.7 billion ($1.9 billion) in two new European data centers, each powered by 100% renewable energy. The first of two will be located in County Galway, Ireland and the second will be constructed in Jutland, Denmark. The new capacity will power various Apple services, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri across the continent.
Apple has long strove for clean energy-powered data centers, and they're taking over a hydroelectric plant in Oregon to help ensure that they can maintain that goal. Apple was recently recognized by Greenpeace for the 100% green energy supply that powers their data centers, but that supply has largely come from solar installations and from local wind power supplies. Oregon is ripe with potential for hydroelectric power, and the Prineville data center will take advantage of that.
The solar farms and fuel cells meant to power Apple's data center in North Carolina are now all online, and we have a better idea about how it all works. Apple's sites are the largest privately-owned clean energy centers in the country, and consist of two solar farms and and a fuel cell farm.
Apple has started the first phase of construction of its new data center in Prineville, Oregon. The construction of the first of two buildings will cost Apple $68 million, and the building will be 338,000 square feet and contain two “data halls”. Future plans include a second building identical to the first, along with fourteen more data halls.
Sorry, but when the Charlotte Observer reported that Apple was planning to build a solar farm across from their massive North Carolina data center, that's the headline that popped into mind.
Permits issued by Catawba County show that the Cupertino, Calif., company has been approved to reshape the slope of some of the 171 acres of vacant land it owns on Startown Road, opposite the data center, in preparation of building a solar farm.
Apple’s new data center can now be seen on Google Earth and Maps, where until yesterday it only showed woods and farmland with a driveway that ended in the middle of a field. Now you can see the data center in all its glory.
TechCrunch has followed up on their original report on Apple/Nuance partnership talks, saying the deal might already be on its way and could be part of next month's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote.
The new Apple data center located in Maiden, North Carolina, is expected to begin its operations “any day now” according to local officials. Amidst Apple getting ready to begin production inside the massive 500,000 sq. ft. data center, rumors have been milling around the internet stating that Apple plans on doubling the size of its already massive data center.
A local realtor, Bill Wagenseller, posted an aerial video of Apple’s facility had these comments to share: