Microsoft Builds New Green Data Centers in Wyoming, Invests in Wifi, Education, Roads

This week a Microsoft blog post announced they’re opening two new data centers in Cheyenne, “built with sustainable design and operations in mind, contributing to Microsoft’s commitment to being carbon negative.”

Our current and new datacenters will use adiabatic cooling, which uses outside air instead of water for cooling when temperatures are below 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This process uses less electricity and up to 90 percent less water than other water-based cooling systems. We’ve already invested over $500K in sustainability grants to local organizations that help preserve Wyoming’s natural environment including Crow Creek Revival that aims to promote, enhance, restore, and revitalize the region’s key watershed.
Building the data centers will also create 700 jobs “during peak construction,” Microsoft adds. And they’re also “investing in new water, sewer, and road infrastructure to create easier access to Bison Business Park, which will also support the growth of new businesses in Wyoming.”

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp shares more details:

“I appreciate Microsoft’s commitment to Wyoming and thank them for the benefits they have brought to multiple sectors of our economy,” said Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon. “The incentives that set this train in motion are working.”

Sergio Loureiro, VP of Core Operations for Microsoft’s Datacenters, suggested that Wyoming’s children are also benefiting from the incentives and data center tax exemptions: “We’ve partnered with the Wyoming Department of Education to host ongoing computer science training for more than 30 school districts across the state,” Loureiro explained, "impacting more than 60,000 K-12 students.

“We’re also collaborating with [Microsoft-backed] and the University of Wyoming to build the capacity of hundreds of K12 teachers to offer computer science education to thousands of students across the state. Microsoft’s TEALS high school computer science program has also partnered with six Wyoming high schools to build high-quality computer science education for approximately 500 students in Laramie, Gillette, Douglas, Casper, and Buffalo.”
Microsoft also says they’re investing over $350,000 to launch free WiFi at key community locations “helping more than 100,000 visitors and residents annually stay connected” — plus over a million dollars to launch three adult upskilling programs.