Apple has just announced that it is to invest €1.7 billion in two new "state-of-the-art" data centres for Europe, located in Ireland and Denmark.

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The sites in County Galway and Denmark's central Jutland will use 100 per cent renewable energy and power Apple's iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage and Maps applications and Siri voice assistant.

Measuring 166,000 square metres apiece, the data centres will begin operations in 2017, and each will support a specific local initiative too. The County Galway project will include a scheme to recover land previously used for the harvesting of non-native trees and return native flora to the area, along with an outdoor education space for schools. The Danish data centre will capture excess heat and return it to the district's heating system to warm local homes.

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It's the latest in a recent burst of green-friendly moves by Apple, with the company also recently announcing plans to build a giant solar farm in Monterey, California.

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This post originally appeared on Gizmodo UK, which is gobbling up the news in a different timezone.