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Apple to build $2B data center at former GTAT sapphire plant

Following Apple’s jaw-dropping fiscal quarter, it’s investing two billion dollars in revitalizing the facility that was going to be used to supply sapphire screens before GTAT went out of business.

The facility, located in Mesa, Arizona, will be converted into a control center for numerous Apple data services in the US. It will create 600 engineering jobs

The company made the following statement regarding the move:

“This multi-billion dollar project is one of the largest investments we’ve ever made, and when completed it will add over 600 engineering and construction jobs to the more than one million jobs Apple has already created in the U.S.”

The spokesperson then went on to mention that the facility is to be powered by 100% renewable energy. This is something that Apple has been openly committed to for some time. Power is to be supplied from a new local solar farm in the area. The company has pledged to construct and finance 70 megawatts of solar power. This will be enough to power over 14,500 homes.

Doug Ducey, Arizona Governor made his excitement known:

“This is a great day for Arizona, and we have moved rapidly to make this happen and take advantage of Apple’s interest in our state. Apple is by far one of the most innovative and successful companies in the world. Its decision to bring this new facility to Mesa is a huge win for Arizona and a high testament to our business-friendly climate and talented workforce.”