October 16 (Renewables Now) - Canada's TransAlta Renewables Inc (TSE:RNW) on Monday said that US software giant Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) is the customer for its 90-MW Big Level wind project in Pennsylvania.
The wind farm, located in Hector Township, is now under construction and is expected to start operations in the second half of 2019.
TransAlta Renewables announced the acquisition of the 90-MW construction-ready project in Pennsylvania, along with a 29-MW wind projected in New Hampshire, in February this year. It said then that the Pennsylvania scheme has a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA), but did not reveal the name of the counterparty.
For Microsoft, this is its third PPA in the PJM Interconnection. According to the announcement, the Big Level project will take the software group's renewable energy portfolio to over 1.2 GW, spread across six states and three continents.
"Working with companies like TransAlta to bring new projects online, especially wind projects in states outside the Wind Belt, is good for our business, the community and the clean energy economy," commented Brian Janous, general manager of energy and sustainability at Microsoft.