Microsoft signs ‘largest’ US corporate solar agreement for 315MW in Virginia

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
Credit: Microsoft

Tech giant Microsoft is to purchase power from 315MW of a 500MW solar project in Virginia, which represents the single largest corporate purchase of solar energy ever in the US, the company claimed.

Microsoft will use energy from Pleinmont I and II solar projects that are owned and operated by sPower, an AES and AIMCo company. Once operational, Pleinmont I and II will consist of more than 750,000 solar panels spread across more than 2,000 acres, and produce approximately 715,000MWh a year.

Brad Smith, president, Microsoft, said: “This project means more than just gigawatts, because our commitment is broader than transforming our own operations; it’s also about helping others access more renewable energy.”

“Microsoft’s participation is a game-changer for this project and for other buyers,” said Ryan Creamer, CEO of sPower. “Their early commitment helped ensure that the project continued to move forward and come to fruition at a time of regulatory uncertainty. Microsoft’s large off-take also helped us offer very cost-competitive options for other buyers looking at our Virginia portfolios. This model broadens the ability for buyers of all sizes to participate in a large project like this, yet only take the megawatts they need for their business goals. We’re proud to be working with Microsoft on this innovative approach.”

The full 500MW project once complete is said to be the largest solar project in Virginia. This is also Microsoft’s second solar power purchase in Virginia.

Microsoft has now met its target to power at least 50% of its datacenters with clean energy by 2018. This deal marks the first step toward its next goal of achieving 60 percent by early 2020. The size of the deal also puts Microsoft’s total of directly purchased renewable energy at roughly 1.2GW. It recently signed its first solar deal in India and another deal in Singapore.

Read Next

PV Tech Premium
September 13, 2021
Following the release of the US Department’s Solar Futures Study, Liam Stoker assesses the downstream and upstream trends that must be realised for US solar to fulfil its potential.
September 8, 2021
Online retail giant Amazon has signed a 10-year corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) in Japan with Mitsubishi Corporation for the output from 22MW of solar PV plants. 
PV Tech Premium
September 3, 2021
For years California, Texas and Florida have dominated the US solar market, but backed by the investment tax credit, strong state-specific renewables standards and falling costs, new states are coming to the fore. Molly Lempriere takes a look at what is driving them, and the hurdles they face if they are to challenge the ‘Big Three’.
August 25, 2021
The US renewables sector has welcomed the House of Representatives’ approval of a budget resolution that provides the framework for a US$3.5 trillion spending package.
August 24, 2021
Energy advisory DNV has acquired the consulting arm of Chile-based energy price forecaster Antuko, taking aim at the Latin America and Iberia power markets.
August 19, 2021
It may be the height of summer but there’s no respite for the Solar Media Podcast, the new episode of which is packed full of insight as the US begins its clampdown on solar imports.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
October 6, 2021
Solar Media Events
October 19, 2021
BRISTOL, UK
Solar Media Events
December 1, 2021