Apple to construct onshore wind turbines in Denmark

4 September 2020 (Last Updated September 4th, 2020 16:24)

Technology giant Apple plans to invest in the construction of two 200m-tall wind turbines in Denmark, some of the world’s largest onshore turbines.

Apple to construct onshore wind turbines in Denmark
Twp 200m-tall turbines will produce 62GWh of clean energy annually, and act as a test for offshore devvelopments. Credit: Apple.

Technology giant Apple plans to invest in the construction of two 200m-tall wind turbines in Denmark, some of the world’s largest onshore turbines.

The turbines will be located near the Danish town of Esbjerg, and could produce 62GWh of clean energy per year. This would power 20,000 homes.

The turbines will also serve as a test for powerful offshore wind turbines.

The Esbjerg wind project follows the completion of the Danish solar power project in Thisted, Northern Jutland.

Apple partnered with European Energy to develop both projects.

The energy generated by the turbines at Esbjerg will power Apple’s data centre in Viborg, with surplus energy going into the Danish grid.

Apple Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives vice-president Lisa Jackson said: “Combatting climate change demands urgent action and global partnership – and the Viborg data centre is powerful proof that we can rise to this generational challenge.

“Investments in clean energy deliver breakthrough innovations that bring clean energy and good jobs to businesses and local communities. This is an area where we have to lead — for the sake of our planet and future generations.”

Jackson also announced that the company plans to invest in Australian renewable energy “in the very near future”. However, Apple declined to give any details on plans.

Additionally, Germany-based supplier Varta plans to run its Apple production using 100% renewable power.

The technology company said that all its suppliers are willing to transition towards clean energy solutions for their Apple products.

Last month, Apple announced that it intends to become carbon neutral across its entire business by 2030.