Microsoft has just announced plans to invest in more wind energy (and more specifically another 237 MW) to power its Cheyenne datacenter located in Wyoming.
This will be the global company’s largest investment in wind energy to date (and will bring their total invested capacity to 500MW). Microsoft is on track to meet its energy goals, which they set in spring 2015, to have 50% of the electricity produced for its datacenters to come from renewable energy sources by 2018. They are hoping to reach 60% of their energy requirements by early 2020’s.
In order to achieve these goals, they have partnered with Bloom Wind Project in Kansas through Allianz Risk Transfer (ART) for their 178MW wind farm and Black Hills Corp. for their 59MW Happy Jack and Silver Sage wind farm. Collectively, these projects will produce enough energy for their datacenters in Wyoming alone.
In a previous post on their website, Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer said ‘”This investment in wind energy keeps us on pace to meet the energy goals we set last spring,”
“We announced earlier this year that roughly 44 percent of the electricity consumed by Microsoft’s datacenters comes from wind, solar and hydropower, and we committed to raising this to 50 percent by 2018 and to 60 percent by early in the next decade.”
“Innovation and sustainability go hand in hand. We’re thinking differently about our datacenters and how we can build and operate them in a more sustainable way. And the innovations we’re piloting in this deal are not only good for business, but also good for local communities and the environment as well.”