Apple announced on Monday that it will be spending €1.7 billion (approximately $2 billion) on two data centres to be located in Ireland and Denmark.
The two data centres are expected to begin operations in 2017 and will be run exclusively on renewable energy, including wind power.
Apple’s vice president of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson said in a statement, “We’re excited to spur green industry growth in Ireland and Denmark and develop energy systems that take advantage of their strong wind resources. Our commitment to environmental responsibility is good for the planet, good for our business and good for the European economy.”
The centres will be handling data from Apple’s apps, including iMessage, FaceTime, Siri, Maps, and others found in the App Store.
“This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date,”Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.
“We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet,” Cook added.
The data centres will be located in Athenry, Ireland and Viborg, Denmark. Cook explained that the data centres will create “hundreds” of new jobs.
The move is seen as a positive step by the Irish government, which is currently struggling to cut unemployment rates to below 10 percent.
“As the Government works to secure recovery and see it spread to every part of the country, today’s announcement is another extremely positive step in the right direction,” Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said in reference to the data centres during a statement.