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Microsoft Buys Into Ireland's Wind Power For Next 15 Years

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As demand for its cloud computing services increases in Ireland, Microsoft has struck a deal with General Electric (GE) to buy all of the energy from its new 37-megawatt wind farm in the country for the next 15 years, becoming one of the first multinational technology companies to support a wind project in Ireland.

The deal is part of a power purchase agreement (PPA), which allows companies like Microsoft to offset the huge amount of energy their data centers consume, often from less environmentally friendly sources, by pushing clean energy to the grid. The wind farm will power Microsoft's massive data center outside of Dublin, which currently powers the North Europe Azure region. The company was also given approval to build four data centers at the site last year, which will significantly increase the need for energy – and environmentally friendly energy, at that.