Microsoft announced that it will build three data centers in Arizona to support the growing demand for internet and cloud services in the western United States. and that will operate 100% with renewable energy.
The computer giant revealed that two centers will be in the city of Goodyear and the third in El Mirage, both west of Phoenix. The announcement was made by the state government, headed by Republican Doug Ducey, who highlighted the possibilities offered by Arizona in The field of solar energy.
"Arizona has been increasingly adopting the technology industry, with a growing source of talented workers and with more than 200 sunny days a year, which makes it an ideal location to invest in data centers and solar energy," he said Brian Janous, CEO of Energy and Sustainability at Microsoft, in a statement released by the governor's office.
Earlier this year, Microsoft acquired for 105 million dollars the land that will house the centers, a project for which it has partnered with the firm First Solar, world leader in solar energy based in Arizona,
In Arizona, Microsoft is seeking LEED Gold certification, which will help conserve additional resources, including energy and water, generate less waste and support public health.
Microsoft promised to perform certified zero waste operations for these new data centers, which means that a minimum of 90% of the waste will be diverted from landfills to reduction, reuse and recycling programs.
"When a global leader like Microsoft decides to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in three cutting-edge data center operations in our communities, we know that our work to create the best environment for innovative companies is paying off," said Ducey.
Once they are operating, the centers are expected to leave an economic impact of about $ 20 million annually in the state economy.
Source: EFE Agency