Microsoft’s 175 megawatt wind project in Illinois is now up and running


Last year, Microsoft 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. Today, Microsoft announced that the Pilot Hill Wind Project is up and running—delivering clean, renewable energy that will power that facility for the next 20 years.

This project will allow our Chicago data center to be powered 100 percent by renewable energy, today and into the future. EDF Renewable Energy, owner and operator of Pilot Hill, estimates that the new energy coming onto the grid will prevent approximately 328,000 metric tons of new greenhouse gas emissions per year.

I’m excited to see renewable energy from Pilot Hill coming on line. Power purchase agreements like this one ensure that our nearby data center will have a reliable source of renewable energy for years to come. We know that our data centers have a substantial energy footprint, so working to power them directly through local renewable energy projects is an important strategy to mitigate our impact on the environment.

Read more about it here.