Microsoft & Google Turn To Wind Energy
11th January 2019
Most of us thought trawling online to grab bargains during Black Friday last week was hectic but the good folk over at Vattenfall can put us all to shame. Not content with signing an innovative deal to power one of the world’s biggest technology companies using wind power alone, it’s also gone and made the largest order for offshore wind turbines.
The deal with Microsoft will see in excess of €200 million being invested into Vattenfall’s Wieringermeer wind farm, to “repower and expand” the facility, which will home 100 turbines. Expected to be online by this year, the farm which will be constructed on land 40 kms north of Amsterdam, will generate enough renewable energy to power 370,000 homes. Or Microsoft’s international data centre operations.
"Investing in local clean energy to power our local data center is a win-win for our business and the Netherlands," Brian Janous, Microsoft's general manager of energy, said in a statement. "Microsoft is committed to bringing new renewable energy sources online to power our data centers."
Of course, this isn’t the first-time tech companies have shown an interest in clean energy. Several giants pledged to hit a 100 percent renewable energy goal. Having already invested in wind and solar energy since 2010 when it made a deal to purchase all the electricity from a 114 MW wind farm in Iowa, Google wanted to be the first.
Vattenfall is now also working with Siemens Gamesa, on a landmark project to deliver 113 turbines for installation at three Danish developments.
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