Microsoft To Purchase 230 MW RE From Engie

Microsoft Signs Up For 230 MW Solar & Wind Power Generation From Engie’s Assets In Texas Under Long-Term PPA; Projects Scheduled For Completion In January 2021
02:43 AM (Beijing Time) - 26. September 2019

The total renewable energy portfolio of Microsoft now goes up to more than 1.9 GW with the PPA signed with Engie. (Photo Credit: Microsoft)

Key Takeaways

  • A new PPA has been struck by Microsoft for solar and wind power assets in the US with a total capacity of 230 MW
  • It has committed to purchase power from 85 MW out of 200 MW solar facility of Engie, and remaining output from another Texas based wind power plant
  • The PPA comes with what the companies call as volume firming agreement to convert intermittent renewable energy supply into a fixed 24x7 power solution customized to the needs of the user

IT giant Microsoft Corp. has entered into yet another renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA), this time with Engie for 230 MW of wind and solar power in the US. It involves 85 MW of solar power from Engie’s 200 MW Anson Solar Center project being built in Jones County, Texas.

The other capacity will come from Engie’s 200 MW Las Lomas Wind Project, also located in Texas. Engie will operate both the projects that are expected to come online in January 2021, but the companies haven’t disclosed the duration of this long-term deal. This deal takes Microsoft’s total renewable energy portfolio to over 1.9 GW.

The firms say this PPA involves an innovative volume firming agreement (VFA) which will help convert the intermittent renewable energy supply into a fixed 24×7 power solution customized to the needs of the user. Additionally, the companies have been working together for Engie’s energy software Darwin which uses Microsoft Azure services to optimize wind, solar and hybrid renewable assets of the French firm globally.

In July 2019, Microsoft signed up for solar power from First Solar’s 150 MW Sun Streams 2 PV facility for its upcoming Arizona Datacenters under a 20-year deal (see 150 MW Solar To Power Microsoft’s Arizona Datacenters).

Anu Bhambhani

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