Sustainable Nation Ireland welcomes Microsoft’s new Irish wind energy agreement
Microsoft has become one of the first multinational companies to support a new wind project in Ireland.
The tech firm has committed to a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GE to buy 100pc of the wind energy from its 37-megawatt Tullahennel wind farm in Co Kerry.
The agreement will help support the growing demand for Microsoft Cloud services from Ireland.
"Microsoft is proud to be deepening our long history of investment and partnership in Ireland with this agreement," said Christian Belady, general manager, Datacenter Strategy at Microsoft.
"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."
Sustainable Nation Ireland, which is tasked by the Government in the IFS 2020 Strategy to grow Ireland as a hub for sustainable investment and business, welcomed the deal.
CEO Stephen Nolan said the organisation was working with Microsoft and other stakeholders to contribute to a more sustainable, increasingly green grid in Ireland.
"With only a few weeks out to the next round of international climate talks – COP23, this new agreement underpins Ireland’s emergence as a global leader in sustainable business and investment," he said.
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.
"The wind energy sector is particularly vibrant in Ireland at the moment, and we are seeing the emergence of an array of new structures and procurement approaches, which I feel will persist and grow into the future," Ronan Doherty, chief executive at ElectroRoute said.