Apple to get juice from giant offshore wind turbines in new green power deal

15 Sep, 2020

Apple will buy power from two MHI Vestas wind turbines in Denmark in the tech giant’s latest foray into the European renewable energy market. The two V164 8.4MW offshore turbines, among the most powerful in the world in service, will be installed shore-side by the end of the year at the Made test center operated by European Energy near Esbjerg, joining a pair of models already running at the facility, the developer confirmed to Recharge.

The twin MHI Vestas machines are expected to produce 62GWh annually, with any surplus fed to the Danish grid, according to Apple, which claimed they will be among the largest wind turbines in the world operating on land. The turbines will help supply Apple’s new data center in Viborg, which will also be served by solar power from a Danish PV plant run by European Energy. Between the two the solar and wind facilities will have the capacity to supply power from 60MW to Viborg, which supports services including Apple Music and Siri.

The Danish power purchase agreement (PPA) is the latest in Europe by the US group, which is among a clutch of tech giants also including the likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon that are driving the procurement of renewable power globally. European Energy claimed the deal with Apple was helped by the fact that it offers what it calls a ‘True Additionality PPA’ that guarantees renewed investment in clean capacity as a result of each deal.


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