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November 5
6:34 AM 2013

Microsoft Corp. sealed a deal to source power from a Texas wind farm. This is according to a report by Huffington Post. Texas is reportedly the biggest producer of wind energy in the US.

The report cited that Microsoft's deal with RES Americas was partly funded by a "carbon fee." This is a kind of internal tax that the company charges its departments per ton of carbon produced. According to Microsoft's Brian Janous, director of energy strategy, the tech giant had hoped other parts of its operations would be following its example.

The Huffington Post said the construction of the USD200 million wind-power project would be starting on December. The 55-turbine project called Keechi was expected to start operating by June 2015. The report also said that Microsoft would be buying all megawatt hours of energy that would be produced by the project. The power sourced could reportedly generate power for up to 45,000 homes.

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