Ørsted, Microsoft enter into power purchase agreement for solar in Texas

Ørsted announced Tuesday that the Danish green energy developer has reached a power purchase agreement with Microsoft in Fort Bend County, Texas.

Microsoft will buy power from Ørsted’s 430 MWAC solar energy center Old 300, which is expected to come online next year. The project is located on 2,800 acres of privately-owned land in Needville.

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“Microsoft has ambitious sustainability objectives for their Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions, and we’re thrilled to support their targets,” said Vishal Kapadia, senior vice president and chief commercial officer in Ørsted Onshore. “Given the strong alignment in focus on emission reductions between our two organisations, I’m excited about our continued collaboration.”

The project represents $400 million in community investment, the company said in a press release.

Microsoft established ambitious goals for the corporation to be carbon negative by 2030 and to remove historical carbon emissions by 2050.

“On our journey to 100 percent renewable energy, we recognize that innovation and collaboration are fundamental in how we fight against climate change,” said Adrian Anderson, senior director of renewable energy at Microsoft. “We’re grateful for our collaboration with Ørsted to deliver renewable energy in ERCOT and look forward to continued progress towards a net-zero carbon future.”

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