Apple has announced plans to build a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data centre in Waukee, Iowa, to better serve North American users of iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services. Like all Apple data centres, the new facility will run entirely on renewable energy from day one.
Apple’s investment of $1.3 billion will create over 550 construction and operations jobs in the Des Moines area, and the company is contributing up to $100 million to a newly created Public Improvement Fund dedicated to community development and infrastructure around Waukee.
Apple will be working with local partners to invest in renewable energy projects from wind and other sources to power the data centre. Apple has pledged to power all of its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy, and has already reached that goal in the US and 23 other countries.
Construction on the data centre is expected to start early next year and Apple plans to bring it online in 2020.