The data center will be located in Aabenraa in sourthern Denmark. It will run entirely on renewable energy and should begin operations in the second quarter of 2019. The data center will power Apple online services for European customers including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri.
"We're thrilled to be expanding our data center operations in Denmark, and investing in new sources of clean power," Erik Stannow, Nordic manager for Apple, told Reuters in an email. "The planned facility in Aabenraa, like all of our data centers, will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one, thanks to new clean energy sources we're adding."
Apple's first data center near Viborg, Denmark is set to begin operations later this year. "The reliability of the Danish grid is one of the main reasons we will operate two sites in Denmark," Stannow said.
Notably, Apple's proposed data center in Athenry, Ireland in 2015 has yet to begin construction. "The proposed data center is currently under judicial review," a spokeswoman said.