"Previously, we have gained a" green "certificates to show their commitment to the environment. Such a long-term agreement to purchase electricity from renewable energy sources, we concluded the first time" - said vice-president of Microsoft's energy strategy Brian Janos.
According to the text of the agreement between the owner of generating capacity and the latest Microsoft gets access to two wind farms - Keechi Wind 1 and 2 - a total peak capacity of 110 megawatts (MW each at 55), located a few hundred kilometers to the west of the city of Fort Worth, Texas (USA). Generated by wind turbines producing electricity Danish company Vestas will be sufficient to meet the needs of 55,000 households.
It should be noted that wind power generated at near Fort Worth electricity will not be supplied directly located in the same state data center Microsoft ( the object is located in San Antonio , 400 km from the generating capacity ) . Instead, this server farm will consume electricity from the central network of Texas in an amount equivalent to that windmills will be served to the same grid. In case of insufficient supply redmondovtsy will offset your carbon footprint purchase of additional "green" certificates , thus reducing the total amount of emissions associated with the operation of IT- object.
Source : http://telecombloger.ru