In keeping with its sustainability efforts, Apple announced that its newest data center in Waukee, Iowa will be powered purely by renewable energy. The company said that as part of the $1.3 billion project, it will also invest $100 million into Waukee’s Public Improvement Fund. The program will support infrastructure development, grid updates and community projects like parks, schools and libraries.
The data center’s construction will begin in early 2018 and should open for operations in 2020, creating approximately 500 jobs during construction and 50 full-time operations positions once the project is online. Apple will work with local utilities to purchase wind and other renewable energy sources to power the data center.
“At Apple, we’re always looking at ways to deliver even better experiences for our customers. Our new data center in Iowa will help serve millions of people across North America who use Siri, iMessage, Apple Music and other Apple services, all powered by renewable energy,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “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.”
Iowa has attracted other tech companies, like Google, by offering tax incentives and it has a vast amount of wind power already installed across Iowa. The state has 6,917 megawatts of wind installed, providing around 36 percent of the state’s electricity, according to Iowa Wind Energy Association.
“We’re honored Apple is choosing Iowa for the site of its most technologically advanced data center to date. Apple’s commitment to innovation and renewable energy leadership mirrors our own. This investment in our state is vital as we continue to develop as a technology hub and grow our workforce,” said Gov. Kim Reynolds (R).
Apple’s renewable energy plan is in full gear. The company increased the amount of renewable energy it uses to power its operations from 16 percent in 2010 to 96 percent of its energy needs in 2016, according to the company’s 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report. Recently Apple established a power purchase agreement with NV Energy to provide 200 megawatts of solar to energize its Reno, NV, data center by 2019 and has installed 485 megawatts of solar and wind to power its manufacturing facilities in China.Tweet