Microsoft datacenter featured in report on growth in advanced energy industry

 |   Deborah Bach

A new report finds that the U.S. advanced energy industry grew to nearly $200 billion in 2016, and Microsoft is playing a role in that growth.

The report from Advanced Energy Economy shows that the advanced energy industry —including everything from solar and wind generation technology to energy storage and electric vehicles — now supports more than 2.5 million domestic jobs, while the global advanced energy market totals $1.4 trillion. Microsoft’s datacenter in Cheyenne, Wyoming, is featured in the report.

The company has invested in the creation of new U.S. wind and solar projects that add enough energy to the grid to power more than 100,000 average homes, writes Michelle Patron, Microsoft’s director of sustainability policy, in a blog post about the study’s findings. Microsoft is also looking for ways to make renewable energy cheaper and more accessible to other businesses and households, she notes.

“Investing in clean energy helps support the creation of new jobs, gives us clean power at a cost-effective price, and helps make our business more resilient and sustainable,” Patron writes.

Read the full post on the Microsoft Green Blog.

Deborah Bach
Microsoft News Center Staff