Microsoft announced Monday that it entered into a 20-year agreement to purchase the power from the proposed Keechi wind farm to be built in Jack County by RES Americas.

Shalini Ramanathan, RES director of development said the deal was in the works before the company opted to construct the farm.

“We negotiated an off-take contract under which Microsoft agreed to buy the power for 20 years,” Ramanathan said. “That’s what allowed us to move forward with the project.

“Texas has installed more wind capacity than any other U.S. state, with a total of 12.2 gigawatts of capacity,” Henretig said.

“It’s the first time they’ve contracted to buy power from a project directly,” said Ramanathan. “We’re really pleased for a site that we’ve been working on for such a long time that we have a quality counter party to sell the power to. It’s going to be great for Microsoft to get the green power and for Jack County to host it.”

Construction for the estimated $132 million, 55-turbine project is anticipated to begin late December with the turbines up and running by summer 2015.

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