Microsoft chose ENGIE to help implement a plan to transition all its data centers to renewable energy. The agreement signed by the IT giant in 2019 mandates ENGIE to supply electricity for its Texas data center using an innovative hybrid solution, which combines wind and solar power to guarantee a constant supply of high volumes of energy.
From 2021, Microsoft’s data center in Texas will be powered by hybrid wind and solar energy produced locally by ENGIE, for a period of at least 15 years. The electricity will be sourced primarily from the new Las Lomas wind farm south of Texas, and the Anson Solar Center, currently being built in the centre of Texas state.
This combined wind and solar solution providing Microsoft with a direct energy supply is a major innovation and a decisive example of a full transition to completely decarbonised energy consumption. While renewable energy sources are intermittent – their production being dependent on weather conditions – this hybrid mix offers a guaranteed, continuous supply of high volumes to meet the data center’s considerable energy needs.
ENGIE’s pioneering digital software solution Darwin will be used to optimise production at the wind and solar farms. The smart data management platform enables predictive maintenance, real-time meteorological data analysis and real-time monitoring of energy production.
“Procuring more renewable energy helps to transform our operations. This agreement with ENGIE is an exciting step towards a low-carbon future, driven by capital investments and enabled by data.”
Carlo Purassanta, President, Microsoft France
- 75% of Microsoft data centers will be powered by renewably-sourced electricity by 2023
- 15 years of renewable energy supply for the Microsoft data center in Texas
- A reduction in CO2 emissions equivalent to the daily use of over 100,000 cars