Apple has today announced that it will build a new data center in Denmark, its second in the Nordic country, that will cost approximately $921 million and run entirely on renewable energy, Reuters is reporting. “We’re thrilled to be expanding our data center operations in Denmark, and investing in new sources of clean power,” Erik Stannow, Nordic manager for Apple said in a statement.
According to Apple, the new data center would begin operations in the second quarter of 2019 in Aabenraa in southern Denmark near the German border, and will power Apple’s online services, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.
“The planned facility in Aabenraa, like all of our data centers, will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one, thanks to new clean energy sources we’re adding,” Stannow said.
The iPhone maker has pledged to back the Paris climate accord by switching to renewable energy and has recently issued a $1 billion green bond after the United States pulled out of the pact. Tim Cook was one of several CEOs who directly appealed to President Donald Trump to keep the U.S. in the pact before he made his decision.
Earlier this year, Facebook also announced that it is planning to build a data center in Denmark, the company’s third outside the U.S.