Apple may build a large data center in Prineville, Oregon, a quarter mile south of the Facebook server farm that opened this year, reports “The Oregonian” (, citing “two people with direct knowledge of Apple’s plans.”

Oregon’s mild climate and relatively low power costs are part of the draw, “but tax breaks are the big attraction,” the article adds.
Rural “enterprise zones” spare computers and other equipment from the property taxes that other businesses pay. The exemption could be worth several million dollars or more to Apple, depending on the size of its investment, notes “The Oregonian.”

Apple opened a 500,000-square-foot data center in Maiden, N.C., earlier this year. The company also plans to build a new solar farm opposite the data center.