Microsoft Snaps Up Huge Clean Power Deal for Irish Data Hub

Microsoft Corp. agreed to buy a massive amount of clean energy to power a data center in Ireland, making it the second biggest corporate power-purchase agreement deal so far this year.

The technology giant has signed power-purchase agreements with renewable energy companies to provide it with 900 megawatts of wind and solar energy, according to a statement Wednesday. That trails Amazon.com Inc’s 3.5 gigawatt deal in April.

Big technology firms have faced mounting pressure to clean up their energy consumption, with regulators increasingly concerned about the vast quantities of electricity sucked up by large computing operations. Companies such as Microsoft have struggled in recent months to get planning permission for certain data centers, according to a Nov. 8 report by Bloomberg Intelligence.