Microsoft to buy wind power for data center in Texas


Nov 4 (Reuters) - U.S. computer software company MicrosoftCorp said on Monday it signed a 20-year power purchaseagreement for wind energy in Texas.

The company said in a blog the agreement was part of itscommitment last year to become carbon neutral.

Microsoft said it will buy all of the energy from RESAmericas' 110-megawatt Keechi wind project, which is underdevelopment near Jacksboro, about 70 miles (113 km) northwest ofFort Worth. RES Americas is a unit of privately held, UK-basedrenewable energy developer RES Ltd.

Microsoft said the wind farm is on the same electric gridthat powers its San Antonio data center.

RES will begin construction of Keechi in early 2014 and willbegin delivering power in 2015. The wind farm will include 55wind turbines manufactured mostly in Colorado by a unit ofDanish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S.

Microsoft said in the blog, the U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency has recognized the company as the secondlargest purchaser of green power in the United States.

The company said the Keechi wind power purchase "willcertainly not be our last."

Microsoft is not alone among technology companies buyingrenewable power. Google Inc, Apple Inc,Facebook Inc, Rackspace Hosting Inc Inc have all committed to powering theirdata centers with more renewable power.

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