Microsoft pledges 75% carbon reduction by 2030

  Microsoft has announced plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 75% by 2030. It has pledged to increase investment in renewable energy as well as focus on energy efficiency projects to achieve the goal. That is expected to help avoid more than 10 million metric tons of emissions. Its cloud-based programme to cut resource […]

Microsoft-GE ink wind, energy storage deal

Microsoft has announced plans to buy all the power from a new wind farm in Ireland. It has inked a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GE to buy electricity from its new 37MW Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry. Each turbine will have an integrated battery to help generate “valuable data” on energy storage. […]

Microsoft sails ahead with new wind projects

With two new investments, Microsoft has made its biggest wind energy purchase yet. The acquisition of a combined 237MW of wind generation means the technology company now has over 500MW of wind power in the US alone. It aims to power its energy intensive data-centres from 100% renewable sources to create a responsible and green cloud network. Microsoft has agreed with Allianz Risk Transfer […]

Facebook and Microsoft commit to buy more clean power

A new coalition which aims to help multinational companies deploy 60GW of renewable energy in the US has been launched. Facebook and Microsoft are among more than 60 firms that have joined the Renewables Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA). It is a non-governmental organisation which aims to empower businesses to transform its electricity systems with green […]

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates join forces for clean energy technology

The founders of Facebook and Microsoft are teaming up to tackle climate change. Mark Zuckerberg has announced he is joining Bill Gates’ initiative which aims to invest in clean energy technologies. The ‘Breakthrough Energy Coalition’ is a global group of private investors who will support companies which are taking innovative clean energy ideas into the […]

EDF buys US wind farm with Microsoft power contract

The renewable arm of EDF Energy in the US has bought a 96% stake in a wind farm in Illinois. EDF Renewable Energy will sell power from the 175MW Pilot Hill Wind Project – which is currently under construction – to Microsoft Corporation for 20 years. It is located around 60 miles southwest of Chicago […]

Cisco and Google tie in ‘green’ IT table

Cisco and Google have come joint-top of a ‘Cool IT leaderboard’ which ranks 21 of the world’s biggest IT firms on their efforts to be more ‘green’. The computer networking firm climbed up the rankings to draw even with the search engine giant, with both coming ahead of comms company Ericsson in third place. Japan’s […]

Microsoft updates company carbon fee with efficiency grants

Microsoft is giving its internal departments efficiency grants to push them towards cutting carbon. That’s according to the tech giant’s sustainability expert who also expects the firm’s internal price on carbon to rise in future. The Windows maker has an objective to be carbon neutral, which means it must cancel out the same amount of […]

Microsoft uses sewage for power

Computer software giant Microsoft is set to power one of its data centres with sewage. Yesterday it announced plans to splash $5.5million (£3.5m) on a pilot project, called the ‘Data Plant’, which will use biogas from a wastewater facility. Microsoft said it will use the 200kW project, which will power its cloud services, to learn […]

Bill Gates gives $100k to solar powered toilet

American billionaire Bill Gates has given $100,000 (£63,800) to researchers to develop a solar powered toilet. The founder of Microsoft awarded the money to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) yesterday at the ‘Reinvent The Toilet Fair’ in Seattle hosted by his charity. A year ago he had challenged universities to come up with a […]