Technology giant Apple has released plans to build a 37,000 m2 data centre in Iowa, US, run entirely on renewable energy.

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Rendering of proposed Apple data centre in Iowa, US

The firm reports it will invest some US$1.3 billion in the project, creating more than 550 construction and operations jobs in the Des Moines area.

Apple has also promised to invest up to $100 million in community development and infrastructure in the local area.

The announcement is part of Apple’s pledge to power all of its global operations with 100% renewable energy, a goal it has already achieved in the US and 23 other countries.

Construction on the data centre is set to begin early next year, with full operation planned for 2020.

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