A new wind farm is going up in Texas, and Microsoft had a hand in making it happen.
The company, no stranger to renewable energy and green computing programs, agreed to purchase all of the electricity generated by the Keechi Wind Farm Project for 20 years. The wind farm, located roughly 70 miles northwest of Fort Worth, is expected to be completed in 2015. Its 55 wind turbines will pump out 100 megawatts of electricity.
In an interesting twist, had it not been for the deal, there may not have been wind turbines sprouting up at the site. As I wrote at eWEEK:
And were it not for Microsoft’s backing, the project would never have gotten off the ground, said RES CEO Susan Reilly.
Reilly, also chair-elect of the board of the American Wind Energy Association, said in a statement that by inking the deal, “Microsoft is making the financing, construction and operation of this 110-megawatt project possible.”
“To be clear: It would not have happened otherwise,” she added.
Another interesting fact: Texas leads the nation in wind production 12.2 gigawatts of capacity.
Check out this Microsoft Green Blog post and the accompanying infographic for more.