Apple has announced that it will invest in the
construction of two of the world’s largest onshore wind turbines, which will
support the company’s data centre in Viborg, with all surplus energy going into
the Danish grid.
Located near the Danish town of Esbjerg, the 200m-tall
turbines are expected to produce 62 gigawatt hours each year — enough to power
almost 20,000 homes — and will act as a test site for powerful offshore wind
“Combatting climate change demands urgent action
and global partnership — and the Viborg data centre is powerful proof that we
can rise to this generational challenge,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice
president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “Investments in clean
energy deliver breakthrough innovations that bring clean energy and good jobs
to businesses and local communities. This is an area where we have to lead —
for the sake of our planet and future generations.”
Last month, Apple announced its plans to become
carbon neutral across its entire business, manufacturing supply chain, and
product life cycle by 2030. While Apple’s operations are already powered by 100%
renewable energy and carbon neutral, this new commitment will mean that by
2030, every Apple device sold will have net zero climate impact. This includes
transitioning all of its European-based suppliers to renewable power.
Viborg data centre
Apple’s data centre in Viborg, a 45,000m2
facility offering network support and data storage to its users across the
region, is now operational. The data centre helps power Apple’s App Store,
Apple Music, iMessage, Siri, and other services in Europe that are run entirely
on renewable energy from local projects.
The Esbjerg wind project follows the recent
completion of one of Scandinavia’s largest solar arrays, located in Thisted,
Northern Jutland, the first Danish solar project built without the use of
public subsidies. The wind and solar projects both support Apple’s newly completed
data centre in Viborg, which is powered by 100% renewable energy. Apple is
developing both projects in partnership with European Energy.
The Viborg data centre had over 600 specialist
workers on site each day during construction and included many Danish
businesses supporting its development. It is now run by a team of data
specialists, technicians, maintenance, and security staff, many of whom were
recruited from the local area.