Microsoft signs 37-MW wind PPA with GE in Ireland

Microsoft signs 37-MW wind PPA with GE in Ireland”

Microsoft has inked a 15-year agreement with General Electric (GE) to purchase all wind energy produced at GE's new 37-megawatt wind farm in County Kerry, in the southwestern corner of Ireland.

EirGrid's energy demand forecast for new data centers in Ireland.

The announcement comes a week after Belgian offshore wind farm developer Parkwind said it would become a strategic partner in the Oriel Wind Farm in the northwest Irish Sea.

The pair plan to see how well the batteries can capture and store excess energy and then feed that back into the grid in order to smooth out peaks and troughs in wind energy production.

The PPA builds on Microsoft's strategic partnership with GE, which was announced past year.

Microsoft says GE's wind farm, which is located in the south west of Ireland in County Kerry, will support growing demand for its cloud computing services in the country.

In addition to the PPA, Microsoft has also sealed a deal with Dublin-based energy trader ElectroRoute, which is majority owned by Mitsubishi Corporation. "And that is good for the environment, for Ireland and for our company".

Andres Isaza, chief commercial officer of GE Renewable Energy, said, "This partnership with Microsoft expands GE's considerable presence and investment in Ireland, where we already employ over 1,500 people and in particular in the renewable energy sector".

Also under the agreement, Microsoft is hoping that valuable new insights will be created about "how renewable energy can be stored". Under the terms of that deal, ElectroRoute will work with the two U.S. parties to structure and manage the energy trading activities for the supply company.

Once operational, the new wind project will bring Microsoft's total global direct procurement in renewable energy projects to nearly 600 megawatts.

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