Tech giant Apple has unveiled plans to build a $1.3bn data centre in Iowa, US to better serve North American users of iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services.
Covering an area of 400,000 sq ft, the new data centre will operate entirely on renewable energy obtained from wind and other sources.
Apple has vowed to power all of its global operations with 100% renewable energy, and has already achieved that goal in the US and 23 other countries.
The new data centre will create over 550 construction and operations jobs in the Des Moines area.
Additionally, the iPhone maker is contributing up to $100m to a newly created Public Improvement Fund dedicated to community development and infrastructure around Waukee.
Established and managed by the City of Waukee, the new Public Improvement Fund will support the development of community projects such as parks, libraries and recreational spaces, as well as the required infrastructure.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “At Apple, we’re always looking at ways to deliver even better experiences for our customers. Our new data centre in Iowa will help serve millions of people across North America who use Siri, iMessage, Apple Music and other Apple services - all powered by renewable energy.
“Apple is responsible for 2 million jobs in all 50 states and we’re proud today’s investment will add to the more than 10,000 jobs we already support across Iowa, providing even more economic opportunity for the community.”
Construction work on the data centre is likely to commence early next year and Apple plans to bring it online in 2020.