Apple invests almost $2 billion in green European datacenters

Apple’s upcoming campus will feature its own solar power plant that will ensure the buildings and labs operated by the company will produce zero CO2. And the iPhone maker looks set to take its newly found green attitude, across the pond to Europe, where Apple is building two green data centers.

The company just announced its plans to build two additional data centers in Europe to handle the company’s customers in that part of the world. Located in Ireland and Denmark, the new data storage facilities, will run on clean energy derived from solar, wind and other renewable sources.

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of Environmental Initiatives explained:

We believe that innovation is about leaving the world better than we found it, and that the time for tackling climate change is now. We’re excited to spur green industry growth in Ireland and Denmark and develop energy systems that take advantage of their strong wind resources.

The investment is expected to total around €1.7 billion ($1.93 billion) with the new data centers becoming operational sometime in 2017. Apple is also touting the new project for its potential to improve local communities around its datacenter by restoring local trees and heating nearby neighborhoods in a sustainable way.

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