Microsoft has paid more than $258 million for 282.78 acres of land in El Mirage, according to Vizzda. The $258,081,239 sale price equates to $912,657.33 per acre. The land, located at the northwest and northeast corners of North Dysart Road and West Northern Parkway in El Mirage, is adjacent to the location where the technology giant is growing its data center campus.

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The land is part of a 961-acre master planned industrial park known as LogistiCenter at Copperwing. Two eastern parcels have been proposed to convert future use from industrial warehouses to a data center, per planning and zoning documents. 

The news comes nearly five years after former Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Microsoft first announced that the technology company would construct three new “world-class” data center campuses in El Mirage and Goodyear and that will be fully powered by renewable energy sources.

Microsoft’s datacenter designs are already more energy and water efficient than traditional enterprise data centers. In Arizona, the company is pursuing LEED Gold certification which will help conserve additional resources including energy and water, generate less waste, and support human health. Microsoft is committed to zero waste certified operations for these new datacenters which means a minimum of 90 percent of waste will be diverted away from landfills through reduction, reuse, and recycling efforts.