Microsoft to buy energy from 74-megawatt solar power facility in North Carolina

Microsoft has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement for the energy produced by a 74-megawatt solar power facility in North Carolina.

The Wilkinson Solar Energy Center will be built, owned and operated by Invenergy, the companies said in a joint announcement Wednesday.

The deal means that Microsoft’s renewable energy portfolio will stand at more than 1.3 gigawatts, the statement added.

The new facility is due to commence commercial operations in 2019, while it’s estimated that more than 500 jobs are set to be created during its construction.

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