Apple has announced it will spend about $2 billion to build a new data center in Mesa, Arizona. The data center will be housed in a set of buildings previously used by GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT). That organization went bankrupt last year after failing to sufficiently supply Apple sapphire display covers for the iPhone 6.
According to a press release by the Arizona Governors office, the project will supply between 300 and 500 temporary construction jobs as well as 150 permanent jobs within the Apple data center. The data center will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Apple told Bloomberg news it will be a "command center for our global networks."
Apple is well known for their Green and Sustainability initiatives. According to a recent Time report, Ninety-four percent of the power at Apple’s corporate campus and server farms is now renewable, provided by sources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric energy. One hundred percent of the power at Apple’s own data centers — it also uses co-location facilities owned by others — is renewable.
Apple has said it would help find work for people affected by GTAT's bankruptcy. It's possible some of those former GTAT employees might help construct the new command center.
When Apple initially partnered with GTAT to make sapphire displays, the company invested millions in a sapphire production facility.
"The command center is a historic expansion from one of the most iconic, successful companies in the world," said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey in a press conference. "We couldn’t be more excited about it."
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