Microsoft, Google Turn To Wind Energy
4th December 2017
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 in 2017.
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 2019, 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. In 2018 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. It recently announced it was on track to get there by the end of 2017.
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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