November 3, 2017
Microsoft has signed a 10-year deal to purchase 100 percent of the energy generated from a Netherlands wind farm owner Vattenfall.
As part of the agreement, the energy company will construct a 180-megawatt wind farm adjacent to Microsoft’s datacenter operations in the Netherlands that delivers Microsoft Cloud services to customers across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, as well as global customers.
The wind farm will be operated by Nuon, part of Vattenfall in the Wieringermeer Polder, near Amsterdam.
“Investing in local clean energy to power our local datacenter is a win-win for our business and the Netherlands,” Microsoft general manager of energy Brian Janous said in a press release. “Microsoft is committed to bringing new renewable energy sources online to power our datacenters. By focusing on local projects, we’re able to create new economic opportunities, reduce carbon emissions and make progress on our global commitment to increase the amount of clean energy used to power the Microsoft Cloud.”
Vattenfall is to begin construction of the wind farm in 2018 and it is to be operational in 2019. Once completed, the Wieringermeer wind farm will be one of the largest onshore wind farms in the Netherlands.
“We are very glad and proud to be able to support Microsoft’s transition toward using fossil-free energy in its datacenter operations,” said Vattenfall CEO Magnus Hall. “This deal is completely in line with our strategy to help all our customers power their lives in ever smarter ways and free from fossil fuel within one generation.”
The farm will eventually have 100 windmills, enabling the production of roughly 1.3 billion kWh of renewable electricity.