Microsoft is building a data center next to a Wyoming landfill in order to use its methane gas to power the facility.
Apple now uses a massive 100-acre solar energy farm to power its Maiden, N.C. data center.
And Google has placed data centers in Oklahoma and Iowa so they can plug into wind farms.
America’s top tech companies are going green in a big way, so much so that the availability of clean energy resources is now a key consideration in where they locate corporate offices and data centers. The move is designed to save them millions of dollars in long-term energy costs.
“We believe energy is the future of our business,” said Josh Henretig, director of environmental sustainability at Microsoft.
“Microsoft has increasingly transitioned from a software company to a services and devices company,” said Henretig. “The services are largely based on our need for cloud [infrastructures] and, in turn, the energy that those clouds and data centers use. So we are absolutely focused on the role energy plays in our organization longer term.”