Apple’s next data center will run entirely on renewable energy
Written By: Katherine Demetre
August 24, 2017
On Aug 24, 2017, Apple announced plans to build a 400,000-square-foot data center in Waukee, Iowa, to better serve North American users of iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services. The new facility is set to run entirely on renewable energy.
Per the company, their investment of $1.3 billion would create over 550 construction and operations jobs in the Des Moines area, and the company plans to contribute up to $100 million to a newly created Public Improvement Fund dedicated to community development and infrastructure around Waukee.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, commented:
Our new data center in Iowa will help serve millions of people across North America who use our services — all powered by renewable energy. Apple is responsible for 2 million jobs in all 50 states and we’re proud today’s investment will add to the more than 10,000 jobs we already support across Iowa, providing even more economic opportunity for the community.
Apple plans to work with local partners to invest in renewable energy projects from wind and other sources to power the data center. Apple has pledged to power all of its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy and already reached that goal in the US and 23 other countries.
Construction on the data center is expected to start early next year and Apple plans to bring it online in 2020.