Tuesday, March 14, 2023 / by Juan Grimaldo
Microsoft agrees to make data centers air cooled amid water infrastructure challenges in Goodyear
Redmond, Washington-based tech giant Microsoft Corp. has agreed to switch its cooling system for future data centers in Goodyear and invest more than $40 million to expand the city's wastewater capacity through an updated development agreement that the city that was approved last week.
Microsoft has been planning to build a five-building data center campus across nearly 300 acres south of MC 85 and the Phoenix Goodyear Airport since it first purchased the site in 2018. It has been working with the city for several years to find a solution for the significant amount of wastewater produced from cooling its data centers — all as it continues to build-out its campus in phases.
Microsoft has developed a 290,000-square-foot building, has almost completed a 250,000-square-foot facility and wants to build another 250,000-square-foot building in the near future, but the city doesn't have enough sewer line or wastewater plant capacity to take on more of its wastewater.
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By Audrey Jensen - Reporter, Phoenix Business Journal