The PPA with Invenergy for the 74 MW Wilkinson Solar Energy Centre takes Microsoft’s total renewable energy portfolio to over 1.3 GW. Microsoft’s fourth Pictured is the flagship Microsoft Store in Sydney on Pitt Street Mall, Australia. (Photo Credit: Microsoft Corp.)
- Invenergy will develop a 74 MW solar power plant in Beaufort County, North Carolina which it says will be one of the largest solar installations in the state
- Microsoft has signed up a 15-year PPA with Invenergy as the sole offtaker for the project
- Project will deploy 256,620 solar modules and is likely to come online in 2019
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Invenergy LLC, a US based global renewable energy developer and operator, has announced a 74 MW solar power plant it will construct in North Carolina with technology behemoth Microsoft Corp., buying all the power generated by the project. Invenergy will construct the plant at Beaufort County, and will own and operate the facility.
Invenergy sees the facility as among the largest solar installations in the state.
The developer sees $20 million in local economic investment through tax payments, landowner lease payments, wages and benefits for employees. During the period of construction, over 500 jobs are likely to be created. It is scheduled to come online in 2019 with more than 256,620 solar modules.
“This investment in North Carolina reflects the increasingly compelling value of solar power for customers to meet their energy needs, while also creating economic development opportunities for local communities,” said Invenergy’s EVP and Chief Commercial Officer, Jim Shield.
Invenergy itself has contracted corporate renewable customers for more than 1.6 GW capacity. It will supply 100 MW of solar power from its 2 solar power plants to Facebook’s data centre in Oregon (see Facebook Partners For 437 MW PV Development). Very recently in January 2019, the developer, along with NextEra Energy Resources agreed to build 300 MW solar power capacity to power Google Data Centers in Alabama and Tennessee (see 300 MW Solar For Google Data Centers in US).
Invenergy is now working on a 224 MW ‘largest bifacial+tracker power generation project’ in the country using LONGi Solar’s modules (see LONGi Bifacial Modules For 224 MW US Project).
Microsoft has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Invenergy to be the sole offtaker for the 74 MW Wilkinson Solar Energy Center. This is Microsoft’s fourth PPA in the PJM Interconnection, and will bring the company’s total renewable energy portfolio to more than 1.3 GW. Starting with a PPA for 20 MW solar power project with the Commonwealth of Virginia and Dominion Virginia Power, Microsoft signed another agreement for 315 MW capacity in Virginia in March 2018 (see Microsoft Signs Mega Solar Deal For 315 MW).
In February 2018, the tech company announced an agreement with Singapore’s Sunseap Group to purchase 100% output from 60 MW rooftop solar projects as its first clean energy deal in Asia.