Microsoft has signed an agreement with GE to add 37MW of wind energy in Ireland to support the growing demand of its services in the country.
The 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) has Microsoft purchasing 100% of the energy produced from the Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland. According to the press release, the wind energy project will ‘integrate GE’s Digital Wind Farm technology, which makes renewable energy outputs even more reliable. Digital models, built on the Predix platform, ensure energy generation supplied can meet demand forecasted and reduce intermittency concerns.’
General manager, Datacenter Strategy at Microsoft, Christian Belady said, “Microsoft is proud to be deepening our long history of investment and partnership in Ireland with this agreement. 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.”
Chief commercial officer of GE Renewable Energy, Andres Isaza 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. Wind is now one of the most competitive sources of electricity on the market today, and we’re excited about the capability to use data generated from these wind turbines, using the Predix platform, to maximize the output and value of this project.”