Microsoft’s agreements with Power Capital Renewable Energy, Statkraft, and Energia support the Government’s Climate Action Plan working together to add more than 900MW of wind and solar power to the Irish electricity grid.
Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD today joined Microsoft as it announced renewable energy contracts, which will see the company contribute close to 30% of Ireland’s energy procurement target by 2030.
Microsoft has entered into multi-year Power Purchase Agreements (CPPAs) with Power Capital Renewable Energy, Statkraft, and Energia, relating to the development of over 900 megawatts of offshore wind and solar projects across Ireland.
The new power purchase agreements will help efforts to add additional clean energy capacity to the power plant. The Government’s Climate Action Plan includes a mandate for 15% of electricity demand to be brought to renewable energy from CPPAs by 2030. This equates to about 6 terawatts of additional electricity.
The acquisition of Microsoft will contribute 28% of the target before the end of the decade. The company intends to make a material contribution to accelerate the country’s journey towards a net-zero future.
In line with the company’s global goal, Microsoft predicts that it will cover 100% of the electricity load in the data center by 2025 with renewable energy.
Noelle Walsh, Business Vice President, Cloud Operations and Transformation, Microsoft he said:At Microsoft, we are committed to being carbon negative by 2030, working with Governments around the world to accelerate the journey to a net-zero future.
That’s why I’m delighted to announce today that Microsoft has signed 900MW of renewable solar power purchase agreements, which will enable Microsoft to meet our 2025 sustainability goals and contribute close to 30% of Ireland’s energy purchases. 2030. Through these agreements, we are supporting Ireland’s renewable energy infrastructure.
“We are proud to be partnering with leading energy providers to deliver this renewable energy boost and help the Government and the wider energy sector meet its climate ambitions.
“This announcement builds on our efforts to make our data centers more sustainable and encourage innovation to support the growth of renewables in the energy grid here in Ireland. As we continue to support the growing demand for Cloud across the public and private sectors, Microsoft is committed to working with all stakeholders to help Ireland on its grid decarbonisation journey while unlocking opportunities for the digital economy and society.
Commenting on announcement Power Capital Renewable Energy Co CEO Peter Duff, he said: “As a traditional Irish company we are delighted to be working with Microsoft on this important agreement. Solar is now a proven energy source in Ireland and has become increasingly effective in businesses and homes. We see Solar PV as a positive impact target in Ireland’s Climate Action Plan. We are very much looking forward to playing an increasing role in the decarbonisation of the grid here in Ireland. “