Microsoft-GE ink wind, energy storage deal

Microsoft has announced plans to buy all the power from a new wind farm in Ireland. It has inked a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GE to buy electricity […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Microsoft has announced plans to buy all the power from a new wind farm in Ireland.

It has inked a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GE to buy electricity from its new 37MW Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry.

Each turbine will have an integrated battery to help generate “valuable data” on energy storage.

The two firms will test how they can be used to capture and store excess power and provide it back to the grid when needed.

Andres Isaza, Chief Commercial Officer at GE Renewable Energy said: “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, using the Predix platform, to maximise output and value of this project.”

The deal takes Microsoft’s direct global procurement of renewable energy to almost 600MW.