Apple cleared to build $1B green energy data center in Ireland

West reawakens as Apple gets go-ahead to build Athenry data centre

West reawakens as Apple gets green light to build Athenry data centre

Earlier this year, Apple announced that it is planning to build another data centre in Denmark as it struggled to get the Irish data centre off the ground.

Apple in February 2015 announced plans to build the data centre in a rural location in the west of Ireland to take advantage of rich green energy sources nearby.

The case will be mentioned again next week and the opposing residents may yet appeal today's decision, but Mr Doherty says that's for another day and he hopes today's result will lead to more investment in the west.

A spokesperson for Apple said that the company is not commenting on the judgment at this time.

The objectors are two local residents who cite environmental concerns about the proposed facility, which would be situated in Derrydonnell Forest, around three miles from Athenry. The decision was made by Ireland's High Court this morning, after a lengthy planning battle.

Apple wants to use the data centre to store European user data and to help power online services, including the iTunes Store, the App Store, iMessage, Maps, and Siri for customers across Europe. It also appeared that the majority of the local population was in favor, given the jobs and income the center would bring to the area.

The project, which was first announced more than two- and-a-half years ago, would be the biggest private investment in western Ireland. The Danish site is understood to be already up and running.

A decision on Apple's Irish data centre was expected to be passed in July but a shortage of High Court judges pushed the verdict back to October.

Computer Weekly contacted Apple for a statement, seeking clarification on when it plans to begin the build, but had received no response at the time of publication.

The following September, Galway County Council gave permission for it to proceed subject to conditions, but that decision was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

Apple managed to get the case fast-tracked through Ireland's Commercial Court after it filed a request last November.

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, welcomed today's High Court ruling allowing the Athenry Apple datacentre project to proceed.

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