Microsoft made an announcement of its latest wind energy project.
Microsoft Announces Largest Wind Project to Date15 Jul 2014 6:00 AM
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Microsoft is committed to reducing our environmental footprint, and over the past two years we continue to meet our goal of becoming carbon neutral. Our approach to meeting that goal, however, continues to evolve. Today, we are announcing another move to make our operations more environmentally sustainable by signing a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy in Illinois that will be funded in part by proceeds from Microsoft’s carbon fee.
This is our second PPA, following the purchase in November of wind energy from the Keechi Wind Project in Texas. This most recent power purchase, the Pilot Hill Wind Project, is our largest wind investment to date. It is nearly 60 percent larger than Keechi, at 175 MW versus Keechi’s 110 MW. This project builds on our commitment to renewable energy and our strategic objective to transform the energy supply chain toward radically greater efficiency and reduced environmental impact.
The media coverage is pretty good. Here are four articles.
Forbes - 1 hour agoThe Project will generate enough electricity to power Microsoft's data center in Chicago – or approximately 70,000 homes in Illinois. The Pilot Hill Wind Project is a 175 MW wind facility 60 miles from Chicago, IL, spanning the border of Kankakee and Iroquois ...ZDNet - 4 hours agoFor Microsoft, the Pilot Wind Project energy purchase boils down to power its Chicago datacenter. Pilot Wind is operated by EDF Energy. Microsoft's purchase gives the Pilot Wind project a steady revenue stream and Microsoft gets to offset its carbon output.eWeek - 21 hours agoThe new "wind farm is on the same electric grid that powers our data center in Chicago," stated Bernard in a blog post. "Because the Chicago data centerdraws power from the Illinois power grid, projects like Pilot Hill help provide a non-polluting source of ...GigaOM - Jul 15, 2014Google and Apple aren't the only tech giants aggressively pursuing clean energy for their data centers. On Tuesday Microsoft announced that it has signed a deal to buy wind power from a wind farm outside of Chicago for a 20-year term. The wind farm will put ...
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple regularly announce their renewable energy efforts for data centers. We’ll see if others catch on.