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8/20/2012--Quincy, WA..Local children pass the Mountain View Elementary School, closed for the summer break. The school sits a few hundred yards from Microsoft's massive server farm 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 breaks 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.