Apple’s long-awaited plan for a major European data center in Ireland has finally been given the go-ahead by the local planning body. However, the approval is subject to several extra conditions.
According to the report, the Cupertino-based company will need to apply for further permission whenever it wishes to add another hall. The entire facility will take as many as 10 to 15 years to reach full size.
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Around 18 months ago, Apple had declared the plans for the $950M data center with a viewing to providing better connectivity to the European customers. Even though the center is to be entirely powered by renewable energy, an appeal was filed against it on environmental grounds.
Giving the green signal to the first stage, the Bord Pleanála stated that in spite of the concerns related to the traffic and environmental damage, the data center would boost the area’s economy, giving employment to more than 200 people in its construction.
“some third party appeals were lodged with A Bord Pleanála against the decision of Galway County Council to grant planning permission for the development. The Board’s decision is to grant permission for the proposed development with revised conditions.”
“A separate application from Apple Distribution Limited was also lodged on 12th February 2016 to allow for a 220kV electrical substation and some towers. This case was also considered by the Board on 10th August 2016. The Board’s decision is to approve the proposed development.”
The board further added that it could be difficult to find sites for large-scale data centers that require connection to the national power grid. The tech giant is planning to power the facility with the use of renewable energy sources. The construction site is situated in the town of Athenry in County Galway.