First Google, now Microsoft, taps Texas for wind energy

The deal marks Microsoft's first long-term power purchase agreement for wind energy.

Tech companies are showing their green side in purchase deals for wind energy. Daniel Terdiman/CNET

Microsoft intends to source energy from a planned wind farm that will go up at a site about 70 miles northwest of Fort Worth, Texas, the company announced today.

The wind farm, some 55 wind turbines in all, is expected to become operational by 2015. The deal also marks Microsoft's first long-term power purchase agreement for wind energy.

"By purchasing wind, we will reduce the overall amount of emissions associated with operating Microsoft facilities in this region and hopefully spur additional investment in renewable energy in Texas," the company said in a release.

Microsoft said that the upcoming wind farm will be on the same electric grid that powers its existing data center in San Antonio.

Coincidentally or not, Microsoft's announcement follows Google's recent deal to source energy from a wind farm outside of Amarillo, Texas.

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Charles Cooper was an executive editor at CNET News. He has covered technology and business for more than 25 years, working at, the Associated Press, Computer & Software News, Computer Shopper, PC Week, and ZDNet.


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