Microsoft buying energy from new Kansas wind farm

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Source: MGN Source: MGN

Microsoft is making a ten-year commitment to a western Kansas wind farm, while it is still under construction.

A corporate blog announced Monday Microsoft will purchase 178 megawatts of wind power over ten years from the Bloom Wind project. The North American Wind Power website says construction on the 54-turbine farm began in September, in Clark and Ford counties.

Microsoft said it reached an agreement on the energy purchase through Allianz Wind Transfer and Black Hills Energy. The company also has a deal with Black Hills to purchase wind power in Wyoming. Both sources will be used to operate a datacenter in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Microsoft claims 44 percent of the power for its datacenters currently comes from "green sources," including wind and solar power.

North American Wind Power reports Capital Energy of Canada is building the Bloom Wind farm, with plans to take it online in the third quarter of 2017.

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