As part of its plan to become carbon neutral by 2030, Apple today announced an investment in two wind turbines on the coast of Denmark.
These aren’t just any wind turbines, though. At more than 650 feet tall, Apple claims they’ll be “two of the world’s largest onshore wind turbines, a source of clean, renewable energy that will bring its supply chain and products one step closer to carbon neutrality.”
Apple’s Viborg data center (Image: Apple)
The wind turbines are capable of producing 62 gigawatt hours each year, which could power almost 20,000 homes, Apple says. However, they will first power Apple’s data center in Viborg, and any excess energy will go to the Danish grid. They’ll also function as a test site for offshore wind turbines.
The Viborg data center is more than 48,000 square feet and helps support Apple’s European-based App Store, Apple Music, iMessage, Siri, and other services. It also draws power from a recently completed solar array in Thisted, Northern Jutland, another Apple project.
Apple is already carbon neutral in its global operations, but the goal is a net zero climate impact for every Apple product sold. “Combating climate change demands urgent action and global partnership—and the Viborg data center is powerful proof that we can rise to this generational challenge,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, said in a statement.