The generated electricity is will provide long-term growth for Microsoft cloud services that are delivered from the Netherlands.
Microsoft, the tech giant, recently announced that it will be buying 90 MW from an offshore wind project developed by Eneco, the Netherlands based wind farm developer and sustainable energy company. Microsoft will be purchasing the energy from the massive Borssele III/IV offshore project which has a total capacity of 731.5 MW. Reportedly Microsoft datacenters will be provided with green power by Eneco for 15 years starting in 2022.
As per sources, the present deal is Microsoft’s second wind energy purchase from Netherlands within the span of a year which brings the company’s total wind energy purchases in the country to 270 MW. Microsoft arguably holds one of the most expansive corporate renewable energy portfolios in the country.
Chief customer officer for Eneco, Hans Peters, has been reported to say that due to the vast energy consumption by datacenters, tech companies are struggling when it comes to minimizing their carbon footprints. He added that for a global leader like Microsoft however this is not a challenge but rather an opportunity through which the company can boost its energy transition.
Peters said that Eneco is proud to be helping Microsoft in its efforts to switch to sustainable, clean and smart energy supply in the Netherlands. He said that as a result of this transition Microsoft is creating local opportunity while enabling Eneco to continue investing in Borssele III/IV which is a comparatively large-scale renewable energy project.
Brian Janous, GM at Energy and Sustainability, Microsoft reportedly said that the company’s purchase of renewable energy helps it in improving sustainability of its local grids and operations. He said that the current agreement brings Microsoft’s total clean energy portfolio to more than 1.5 GW and it is the 14th such power purchase agreement signed by the company.
Apparently, the generated electricity is will provide long-term growth for Microsoft cloud services that are delivered from the Netherlands. The country us one of the 54 Azure regions and therefore a part of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world.