New Projects, Renewables, Solar

500-MW Solar Development in Virginia Lands PPA from Microsoft

By Editors of Power Engineering

A huge new solar development being constructed in Virginia announced it will sell much of its energy to Microsoft.

Pleinmont I and II will generate 500 MW when finished and will not only be Virginia’s largest solar project, but single-handedly double the amount of solar in the state. The project is owned by sPower.

Microsoft will purchase 315 MW of that total, with the rest available for other entities.

“This project means more than just gigawatts, because our commitment is broader than transforming our own operations; it’s also about helping others access more renewable energy,” said Brad Smith, president of Microsoft.

“Microsoft’s participation is a game-changer for this project and for other buyers,” said Ryan Creamer, CEO of sPower. “Their early commitment helped ensure that the project continued to move forward and come to fruition at a time of regulatory uncertainty. Microsoft’s large off-take also helped us offer very cost-competitive options for other buyers looking at our Virginia portfolios. This model broadens the ability for buyers of all sizes to participate in a large project like this, yet only take the megawatts they need for their business goals. We’re proud to be working with Microsoft on this innovative approach.”