Kansas wind farm to help power a Microsoft data center

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DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) – Electricity from a wind farm under construction in western Kansas will help supply the power for a Microsoft data center in Wyoming.

The Hutchinson News reports that Microsoft signed a 10-year-contract to buy all 178 megawatts of power from the Bloom Wind Project, which is under construction on 15,000 acres in Ford and Clark counties, about 20 miles south of Dodge City.

Alberta, Canada-based Capital Power owns the project, and expects to go online late in 2017.

Microsoft will couple the Kansas-generated power with the 59-megawatt Happy Jack and Silver Sage wind farms in Wyoming.

Brian Janous, director of energy strategy at Microsoft, says the combined output of the three projects will produce enough annual energy to cover the energy used at the company’s Cheyenne, Wyoming, data center.