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February 23, 2015

Apple said today that it's investing $1.9 billion on two environmentally friendly data centres, one located in Ireland and the other one in Denmark.

Apple's investment is on two 160,000 square meter facilities in Galway, Ireland, and in Denmark’s Jutland county.

The facilities will back-end the iTunes store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers in Europe, and are slated to be fully operational by 2017.

They will run entirely on clean, renewable energy sources while Apple will also work with local partners to develop additional renewable energy projects.

The plants will have the lowest environmental impact yet of any Apple data centre, Apple said.

Apple is actually investing more on these two facilities than IBM ever committed to the 15 data centres it announced last year, to expand Big Blue’s cloud delivery capabilities.

For its part, Apple committed another $2 billion to a data centre located in Arizona last year.

Apple will get more for its money by building in the euro zone than it would have if it had gone elsewhere, thanks to the weakened state of the euro, among other factors.

Companies in the European Union can also deduct parts of the construction costs from their tax bill if they invest in certain pre-approved energy sources and types of approved equipment.

For its part, Ireland has been ranked seventh in a list of twenty-one countries in KPMG’s Green Tax Index on this same basis.

The country’s goal is for 20 percent of its energy to be generated by clean, renewable resources by 2020, and 80 percent by 2050.

Source: Apple.

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