A 55-turbine wind farm planned for a site in Texas will have at least one very large customer: Microsoft, which announced it has entered a deal to buy 110 MW of the wind energy to power a data center. The wind farm, located about 70 miles outside of Fort Worth, will be owned and operated by RES Americas and will go under construction next year (with power flowing in 2015).
The deal is Microsoft's first long-term power purchase agreement for wind energy. It follows Google's recent deal to source energy from a wind farm outside of Amarillo, Texas.
"By purchasing wind, we will reduce the overall amount of emissions associated with operating Microsoft facilities in this region and hopefully spur additional investment in renewable energy in Texas," the company said in a release.
Microsoft said that the upcoming wind farm will be on the same electric grid that powers its existing data center in San Antonio.
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