Apple is building its first data centres outside of America and are planning to build a £624 million one in Athenry, Co. Galway.
One of the biggest reasons for choosing the Athenry site, as well as a new Denmark one, is that the chilly climate helps save on equipment cooling costs.
The total £1.25 billion investment across the two sites will see them power Apple’s online services, including the iTunes Store, the App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for European customers.
The 166,000 square metre centre will be built on a Coillte-owned greenfield site at Derrydonnell and the company will power the centres with 100 per cent renewable energy.
For the project, Apple will recover land previously used for growing and harvesting non-native trees and restore native trees to Derrydonnell Fores.
“The project will also provide an outdoor education space for local schools, as well as a walking trail for the community,” their statement read.
IDA Ireland believes there will be 300 jobs provided throughout the multiple phases of the project.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “It is a very significant investment in the West of Ireland and is fantastic news for Athenry with significant knock-on benefits for the region.”
Apple chief executive Tim Cooke said: “This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date.
“We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet.”