Norway-based renewables company Statkraft A/S has kicked off the construction of a 34-MW solar park in Ireland’s County Meath that will deliver green electricity to Microsoft Corp.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Harlockstown solar farm on Monday was attended by Ireland’s Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Dara Calleary, as well as company officials.
The photovoltaic (PV) has in place a corporate power purchase agreement (CPPA) with Microsoft, which the software giant signed in February 2022 as part of a 900-MW power procurement campaign in Ireland that included 366 MW of off-take contracts with Statkraft. The deals with the Norwegian group are tied to the electricity coming from six Irish wind and solar parks.
Once up and running, the Harlockstown plant will be capable of generating electricity to meet the demand of up to 9,000 homes.