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Apple is building a $2 billion solar-powered data “command center” in Arizona

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Well, Apple just had the most profitable quarter ever by any company, and it is hence looking forward to spend $2 billion out of those, to convert GT Advanced’s failed Sapphire plant in Arizona into a global command center.

Apple’s new data center, which will serve as a ‘command center’ for the company’s global networks, is expected to employ 150 full-time personnel along and will open 300 to 500 job opportunities in construction and trade department. The $2 billion investment from Apple is on top of the company’s earlier investments in the facility.

Apple said in a statement-

The new data center will serve as a command center for our global networks. This multi billion dollar project is one of the largest investments we’ve ever made, and when completed it will add over 600 engineering and construction jobs to the more than 1 million jobs Apple has already created in the US.

In addition to the investment for the data center, Apple plans to build a solar farm capable of producing 70-megawatts of energy to power the facility along with some 14,500 homes. Apple boasts of being the only company whose data centers are powered by 100% renewable energy.

Doug Ducey, the Governor of the U.S. State of Arizona said-

This is a great day for Arizona, and we have moved rapidly to make this happen and take advantage of Apple’s interest in our state. Apple’s decision to bring this new facility to Mesa is a huge win for Arizona and a high testament to our business-friendly climate and talented workforce.

Apple made this announcement after its former sapphire partner, GT Advanced Technologies, filed for bankruptcy last year and four months after an earlier failed plan for the 1.3 million-square-foot facility. Apple primarily relied on GT Advanced for Sapphire production. Apple uses Sapphire to cover the iPhone’s camera lens and fingerprint reader and is set to use complete Sapphire made screen for certain models of its upcoming Apple watch.


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