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Apple to buy power from Danish wind turbine test site to power nearby data center

ZD Net:

Apple has announced plans to invest in two of the world’s largest wind turbines in Denmark and says its huge Danish data center is now operational.

Apple announced its Danish data center plans in 2015 and today revealed its 45,000 square-meter facility in Viborg, Denmark is finally operational. Apple had originally planned to build two data centers in Denmark at a second $921m facility in Aarbenraa, Denmark. However, the tech giant abruptly cancelled it in 2019.

Apple says the Danish data center is run entirely by renewable energy from local projects, including the Esbjerg wind project and a Danish solar project in Thisted, Northern Jutland. Apple is developing the wind and solar projects in partnership with European Energy.

Esbjerg, on the south-east cost of Denmark, will be home to two 200-meter-tall turbines that are expected to produce 62 gigawatt hours each year. That’s enough to power almost 20,000 homes if it were put into the grid, but only surplus power not consumed by Apple’s data center will go to the Danish grid. The two giant turbines will serve as a test site for offshore wind turbines.

“Combatting climate change demands urgent action and global partnership — and the Viborg data center is powerful proof that we can rise to this generational challenge,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, in a statement. “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.”

[Liam Tung]

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