Microsoft Corp has announced a new wind energy agreement on Monday, in Ireland. Yes you’ve read it right. Microsoft, the multinational technology company is now supporting the wind energy sector. This will make Microsoft the first multinational technology company to support a wind project in Ireland. The company is entering into a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GE so as to buy 100% of the wind energy from its new Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland. The agreement is expected to help support the growing demand for Microsoft Cloud services from Ireland. An agreement with Dublin-based energy trading company ElectroRoute to provide energy trading services to Microsoft is a part of that deal.
The project is not only aimed at producing energy, but it will also be producing valuable data on energy storage. Each turbine is expected to have an integrated battery and GE and Microsoft will test these batteries for finding out how they can be used capturing and storing excess energy. This information will then be provided to the grid as needed. The project will add intermittent clean wind energy power source to the Irish grid. This deployment of battery integration into wind turbines for storage of energy, will be the first of its kind in Europe. Microsoft’s commitment will bring new and clean energy to the Irish grid and will contain innovative elements that will increase the potential, the capacity, reliability, and capability of the Irish grid.
Microsoft earlier this year had announced a new forestry initiative in Ireland and this new agreement on wind energy project will simply be an addition to Microsoft’s list of supporting sustainability projects in the nation. These investments in energy efficiency and technology sectors are bringing positive results and have reduced energy and water footprint.