Microsoft today announced a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy in Illinois. Pilot Hill Wind Project, located 60 miles southwest of Chicago, Illinois, in Kankakee and Iroquois counties and it is situated on the same electric grid that powers Microsoft’s Chicago area datacenter. This is Microsoft’s second PPA after the purchase in November of wind energy from the Keechi Wind Project in Texas. Pilot Hill Wind Project is Microsoft’s largest wind investment to date.
It is nearly 60 percent larger than Keechi, at 175 MW versus Keechi’s 110 MW. This project builds on our commitment to renewable energy and our strategic objective to transform the energy supply chain toward radically greater efficiency and reduced environmental impact.
The agreement with EDF Renewable Energywill see Microsoft purchase up to an estimated 675,000 MWh of renewable energy from Pilot Hill Wind Project each year, enough to meet the power needs of 70,000 homes in Illinois. The Pilot Hill Wind Project is a 175 MW wind facility 60 miles from Chicago, IL, spanning the border of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties and the wind farm is on the same electric grid that powers our datacenter in Chicago. Pilot Hill Wind Project construction has already commenced and will begin delivering green power in 2015.
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