September 25 (Renewables Now) - Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) will be buying electricity from 230 MW of solar and wind power capacity in Texas from a unit of French energy group Engie SA (EPA:ENGI), the latter said on Tuesday.
The US software giant and Engie North America have entered into a long-term power purchase agreement that will see Microsoft get most of the electricity generated by a 200-MW wind park, as well as the output of an 85-MW portion of a 200-MW solar park. The Las Lomas wind farm in Starr and Zapata Counties and the Anson solar plant in Jones County are both slated for commissioning in January 2021.
The contract includes what Engie says is an innovative volume firming agreement (VFA) that will convert the renewable energy supply into a fixed 24/7 power solution fitting Microsoft’s energy needs.
According to the press release, the PPA will bring Microsoft’s renewable energy portfolio to more than 1,900 MW.