According to postings from city and county officials uncovered by the Reno Gazette Journal, Apple is planning to invest $1 billion over the next ten years into a Reno, Nevada project.
The project will include a data center dedicated to iCloud and a separately-located business (in Sparks, Nevada) and purchasing development. This project was dubbed Project Jonathan. The developers behind this project said that the facilities have been under planning for years but Apple only reached local and state officials about the Sparks center earlier this year.
The facility is being developed by Unique Infrastructure Group, LLC. The Reno Technology Park will be featuring 1.5 million square feet of space for Apple’s data center. The data center is expected to go online later in 2012. The site will create about 580 constructions jobs that bring an estimated $103 million boost to the local economy. The downtown Reno project is located in the Tessera district. This project is replacing derelict properties that were purchased over a number of years by Northern Nevada Urban Development.
The 2,200 acre unit near Sparks will use energy sources, similar to Apple’s Maiden, North Carolina data center. An older report from Data Center Knowledge claims Apple’s initial plans for the project are set to include on-site power generation, These plans include 100 megawatts of wind power, up to 20 megawatts of geothermal energy and solar power from a 20-megawtt photovoltaic installation.
One can hope that the additional data centers will help prevent outages such as the one that occurred few days back. This is probably a good idea as well for the Cupertino, California-based company as it seems that the number of users using iOS products will only continue to grow.