May 23 (Renewables Now) - Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) will be one of the off-takers of the 731.5-MW Borssele III & IV offshore wind projects in the Dutch North Sea, the software giant announced today.
Microsoft has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Dutch Eneco Holding NV, one of the project’s owners, that will see it source electricity from 90 MW at the complex for its data centres. Power deliveries under the PPA will begin in 2022.
Including the latest deal, Microsoft has contracted 270 MW of wind capacity in the Netherlands, while its renewables contracts globally exceed 1,500 MW.
The consortium behind Borssele III & IV includes Swiss investment manager Partners Group Holding (VTX:PGHN), Royal Dutch Shell Plc (AMS:RDSA), Mitsubishi Corp's (TYO:8058) fully-owned subsidiary Diamond Generating Europe (DGE), Eneco and Van Oord NV. The projects will involve the installation of 77 of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind's V164 9.5 MW turbines, the output of which will be contracted by Shell and Eneco.