Microsoft Corp. and Invenergy have announced a 74 MW solar project in Beaufort County, N.C.
The Wilkinson Solar Energy Center will be constructed, owned and operated by Invenergy, which has contracted more than 1.6 GW supporting corporate renewable customers. Via a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA), Microsoft will become the sole off-taker of the energy generated at the solar project. The PPA will also bring Microsoft’s total renewable energy portfolio to more than 1.3 GW.
Brian Janous, Microsoft’s general manager of energy and sustainability, says, “Our work with companies like Invenergy is an integral step toward our goal of enabling a clean energy future for everyone. We are pleased our partnership will bring new solar resources to the PJM region.”
Comprising 256,620 PV modules, the Wilkinson Solar Energy Center is expected to generate $20 million in local economic investment through tax payments, landowner lease payments, and wages and benefits for employees. It is scheduled to begin commercial operation this year and create more than 500 jobs during construction.
“Invenergy is proud to work with leading corporate renewables customers like Microsoft to help them meet their operational and sustainability goals,” comments Jim Shield, Invenergy’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “This investment in North Carolina reflects the increasingly compelling value of solar power for customers to meet their energy needs, while also creating economic development opportunities for local communities.”