Commercial, Wind - May 24, 2019
Microsoft to purchase 90MW from Dutch wind project
Microsoft Corp. will purchase 90 MW of energy for its data centers from a 731.5 MW offshore wind project in the Netherlands starting in 2022 through an agreement signed May 23.
The software giant signed a deal with the Dutch sustainable energy company and wind farm developer Eneco, which Microsoft announced in a news release. The deal is expected to last for 15 years, during which time the wind project, Borssele III/IV, will provide Microsoft data centers with green power.
This is the tech company's second purchase of wind energy in the Netherlands this year, bringing them to a total of 270 MW purchased in the country. Microsoft now has one of the largest corporate renewable energy portfolios in the Netherlands.
"Our purchasing of renewable energy helps improve the sustainability of our operations and local grids," said Brian Janous, Microsoft's general manager of energy and Sustainability, said in a statement. "This agreement is our 14th renewable energy power purchase agreement and brings our total clean energy portfolio to more than 1.5 GW. The electricity generated will help support the continued long-term growth of Microsoft cloud services delivered from the Netherlands, which is one of 54 Azure regions announced and part of one of the largest and most innovative cloud infrastructures in the world."
The Borsselle project is expected to feature 77 MHI Vestas V164 9.5 MW turbines.