On Monday, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) announced a 15-year power purchase agreement to purchase all of GE’s wind energy farms in Ireland.
GE’s giant 37-megawatt Tullahennel wind farm is located in County Kerry, Ireland.
The agreement will help support the growing demand for Microsoft Cloud services from Ireland. As part of the deal, Microsoft also signed an agreement with Dublin-based energy trading company ElectroRoute; it will provide energy trading services to Microsoft.
Each of the turbines at the arm will have an integrated battery, that will produce valuable data. Microsoft and GE will both test the batteries in order to see how they can be used to capture and store excess energy, then provide it back to the grid. This will provide more predictable power to the grid. This will also allow for cleaner power.
“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.
“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,”” said Andres Isaza, chief commercial officer of GE Renewable Energy.