Microsoft Plans Heavy Investment in Wind Energy

Microsoft Plans Heavy Investment in Wind Energy


Microsoft just announced an extensive wind energy investment in Ireland. Over a 15-year period, the multinational conglomerate plans to purchase all the wind energy from GE’s 37-megawatt Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland.

As part of the 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA), Microsoft will buy 100% of the wind farm’s output and apply it towards their growing cloud computing energy demands in Ireland.

“Microsoft is proud to be deepening our long history of investment and partnership in Ireland with this agreement,” said Christian Belady, general manager, Datacenter Strategy at Microsoft. “Our commitment will help bring new, clean energy to the Irish grid, and contains innovative elements that have the potential to grow the capacity, reliability and capability of the grid. This will make it easier to incorporate new clean power sources like wind energy, and that is good for the environment, for Ireland and for our company.”

The project – which brings Microsoft’s total global direct procurement in renewable energy projects to almost 600 megawatts – will also provide data on energy storage, and the PC giant will acquire an Irish energy supply license from GE.

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