Microsoft signs 20-year wind energy deal

Microsoft Corporation has signed an agreement to buy power from a wind farm in the US in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint. The 20-year deal will see the […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Microsoft Corporation has signed an agreement to buy power from a wind farm in the US in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint.

The 20-year deal will see the multinational software firm purchase all of the energy from RES Americas’ planned 55-turbine Keechi wind project in Texas, which will have a total capacity of 110MW.

It is scheduled to start construction early next year and is expected to generate enough electricity to power up to 45,000 homes.

The deal is part of Microsoft’s aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions associated with its facilities and become carbon neutral.

Chief Environmental Strategist Robert Bernard added: “It also underscores how the carbon fee is changing the way Microsoft does business globally. By placing a dollar value on a metric ton of carbon, Microsoft is building environmental sustainability into our long term business planning and creating a blueprint for more purchases of renewable energy like this one.”

The firm was recognised as the second largest buyer of green power in US earlier this year as it doubled its purchase from 1.1 billion kWh to 2.3 billion kWh.