Apple to Build New Data Centre in Reno, Nevada as Part of $1B Investment

Apple’s North Carolina Data Centre

The Reno Memo reports Apple has plans to invest $1 billion dollars over ten years to build a new data centre and business and purchasing centre. An upcoming Washoe County staff report notes the following:

”The prospective tenant, Apple, Inc…has stated the desire to construct and operate a new data center in unincorporated Washoe County, Nevada at the Reno Technology Park…and to establish and open a regional business, purchasing and receiving office…in the (Tessera District).”

Apple spokesman, Mike Folks, told the Reno Memo “We’re looking at a 30-year relationship”. The data centre plans in the east part of town is known as ‘Project Jonathan’ and is predicted to create 41 jobs alongside 200 long-term contractors and 580 direct construction jobs.

Another Apple spokesperson, Kristin Huguet, told the Reno Gazette Journal:

“”We hope to build Apple’s next data center in Reno to support Apple’s iTunes Store, App Store and incredibly popular iCloud services…

…If approved, this project would expand our presence in Nevada and create hundreds of construction jobs over the next year, plus permanent jobs at the data center which will add to our existing total of nearly 400 employees in the state.”

Given the current economic downturn in the U.S., this is widely seen as positive news for the area. Apple currently has another massive data centre in Maiden, North Carolina. This new data centre just reaffirms how import iCloud is to Apple’s future plans. Earlier it was noted all of Apple’s data centers would be powered by green energy, through massive solar farms.

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