Swedish company Vattenfall has signed a 10-year agreement to power Microsoft’s international data center operations in the Netherlands with wind power
According to the agreement, Microsoft will receive 100 percent of the energy output from Vattenfall’s Wieringermeer wind farm, located approximately 40 miles north of Amsterdam. The wind farm is expected to be operational by 2019.
Magnus Hall, President and CEO of Vattenfall, said, “This deal is completely in line with our strategy to help all of our customers to power their lives in ever smarter ways and free from fossil fuel within one generation.”
Vattenfall currently supplies several data centers with renewable energy, mainly based on hydro power.
Vattenfall is expected to invest more than €200 million ($232 million) to repower and expand the wind farm, which, when completed, will be one of the latgest onshore wind farm in the Netherlands.
Microsoft’s Dutch data center serves as a regional hub for its cloud services and will provide additional capacity for customers across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, as well as global customers.
The Wieringermeer Wind Farm will eventually include 100 wind turbines which will produce approximately 1.3 billion kWh (1.3 TWh) of renewable electricity, enough to power around 370,000 households.