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8/20/2012--Quincy, WA...Microsoft's massive server farm (left) in Quincy, WASH. The data center has dozens of diesel generators  that nearby residents complain fill the air with exhaust when used...Quincy has seen rapid growth of data centers, or server farms, spurred on by tax rates and low cost electricity produced by the Grant Count PUD's nearby hydroelectric dams. Microsoft and five other companies, including Yahoo and Dell, have brought big, energy-hungry data centers to Quincy in recent years, converting former bean fields into vital hubs on the internet...©2012 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.