Microsoft, international software provider, signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with General Electrics (GE) in order to purchase 100 percent of wind energy from the new 37 megawatt Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland. With this step, Microsoft becomes one of the first multinational technology companies to back new wind projects in Ireland. Another agreement was also signed with ElectroRoute, a Dublin based energy trading company, which will provide Microsoft with energy trading services.
The goals of these cooperations are not only the production of energy, but also the production of valuable data regarding energy storage. Each turbine included in the wind energy system has an integrated battery to test how batteries like these can be used to capture and store excess energy. By providing this energy back to the grid, peaks and valleys in the wind production can then be smoothed out more easily.
By the integration of GE’s wind farm technology, which is the first deployment of battery integration into wind turbines, renewable energy outputs become even more reliable. Further growth and investment in renewable energy in Ireland has also been ensured by an Irish energy supply license from GE to Microsoft and ElectroRoute, which will operate as a trading service provider.
“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,” said Christian Belady, general manager, Datacenter Strategy at Microsoft.
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