Microsoft’s data center portfolio is steadily going green.
The tech giant said Monday it is buying all the power generated from a 180-megawatt wind farm near Amsterdam, marking the second European wind farm agreement Microsoft has announced in the last month.
In October, Microsoft locked down a 15-year deal to purchase all the output from a 37-megawatt wind farm being built by General Electric in the southwestern corner of Ireland.
The Dutch wind farm, which Microsoft says will be one of the largest in the Netherlands once completed, is expected to start producing power in 2019. Microsoft says the wind farm will be located adjacent to an existing datacenter near Amsterdam and will eventually consist of 100 windmills that can produce about 1.3 billion kWh of electricity, enough to power hundreds of thousands of homes.
“Investing in local clean energy to power our local datacenter is a win-win for our business and the Netherlands,” Brian Janous, general manager of energy at Microsoft, said in a press release. “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.”
Microsoft said the wind projects in Ireland and the Netherlands will bring its “total global direct procurement in renewable energy projects to almost 800MW.”
For it’s part, the Ireland wind farm will power Microsoft’s North Europe Azure cloud region, while the Dutch wind farm will help its data center in the Netherlands that serves as a regional hub for cloud customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Microsoft has set a target to generate more than half the electricity its data centers use from renewables by the end of 2018. Last month, cloud rival Google said all of its data centers will be powered by renewables by the end of this year.