Ample, Affordable Renewable Energy Brings Apple To Iowa | Business Facilities - Area Economic Development, Site Selection & Workforce Solutions

Companies looking to build new facilities are searching for sites suitable for development and relatively risk free. Certified sites fill the demand for project-ready industrial sites - making the decision to locate in Iowa easy.


https://businessfacilities.com/2017/10/ample-affordable-renewable-energy-brings-apple-to-iowa/
Companies looking to build new facilities are searching for sites suitable for development and relatively risk free. Certified sites fill the demand for project-ready industrial sites - making the decision to locate in Iowa easy.
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Ample, Affordable Renewable Energy Brings Apple To Iowa

Companies looking to build new facilities are searching for sites suitable for development and relatively risk free. Certified sites fill the demand for project-ready industrial sites - making the decision to locate in Iowa easy.

Ample, Affordable Renewable Energy Brings Apple To Iowa | Business Facilities - Area Economic Development, Site Selection & Workforce Solutions

Content Sponsored By

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds welcomes Apple CEO Tim Cook to Iowa, as a new Apple data center is announced.

 

Apple announced it will build a new $1.375 billion data center in Waukee, Iowa, which will be 100 percent powered by wind energy. While there are a number of reasons Apple chose Iowa (second lowest cost of doing business in the nation, high quality workers, to name a few), there’s one reason that is unique to the Hawkeye State – Iowa is the easiest state in the country for companies to purchase renewable energy. Here’s what Apple CEO Tim Cook told Radio Iowa about Iowa’s availability of renewable energy:

“For us, that’s kind of a gate. If we couldn’t do that, we would not be here,” Cook said. “To Iowa’s credit, Iowa saw this and had the vision to work with the utilities and so forth so it could happen. I think that says a lot about the people here and how they work together.”

Iowa, already one of the country’s leading producers of wind energy, will move even further out in front of the industry as MidAmerican Energy “repowers” roughly a quarter of its wind capacity.

More than 36 percent of Iowa’s electricity comes from wind (the highest percentage of any state), Iowa’s electricity rates are significantly lower than the national average and Iowa has one of the most stable grids in the country.

Data centers are “one of the most energy-intensive building types” according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft all now have data centers in Iowa running on renewable energy. The state’s utility companies also now have unmatched experience in creating renewable energy purchase agreements with large users.

While data centers have been the early adopters of Iowa’s wind energy, the state’s vast availability could also power large manufacturing plants, retailers and any other business that places a priority on renewable energy.

Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are locating their most energy intensive structures in Iowa, and powering them with renewable energy. The message from that should be clear – any company that is putting a priority on renewable energy in their site selection criteria should be looking at Iowa. For ready-to-develop sites in Iowa, visit iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/certifiedsites.

Certified sites fill the demand for project-ready industrial sites.
Companies looking to build new facilities are searching for sites suitable for development and relatively risk free. Click the map to search Iowa Certified Sites.

Suggested Links:

You Might Like:

SHARE
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Previous articleLogistics: No Drivers Needed
Next articleBF Location Video: Cape Coral – A Market on the Rise

LEAVE A REPLY