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Microsoft plans to build 3 datacenter campuses in Arizona

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Posted at 1:30 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 16:30:37-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Microsoft has announced it will build three datacenter campuses in Arizona to support the growing demand for cloud and internet services across the West.

The technology giant intends to develop two datacenter campuses in Goodyear and one in El Mirage.

All three will be powered with 100% renewable energy.

Tempe-based First Solar will develop the solar project that will power the Microsoft data centers.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey attended Tuesday's news conference on the data facilities.

He says the three data centers will create 110 jobs, including mechanical and electrical engineers and data center technicians.

Ducey also says the projects will have a $20 million economic impact when up and running and create about 1,000 temporary construction jobs.