Microsoft Signs Two 200-MW PPAs with Leeward Renewable Energy for Two Solar Farms Under Construction in Texas

April 1, 2024
The projects will utilize First Solar ultra-low carbon, thin-film photovoltaic solar modules, provide jobs, and significant local economic benefits and include initiatives to protect and enhance the environment

Microsoft has signed two 200-MW power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Texas-based renewable energy company Leeward Renewable Energy (LRE). Under the PPA, Microsoft will purchase the power generated by two LRE solar facilities currently under construction - Morrow Lake Solar in Frio County, Texas, and Cradle Solar in Brazoria County, Texas. 

The projects will utilize First Solar ultra-low carbon, thin-film photovoltaic solar modules, provide jobs and significant local economic benefits, and include initiatives to protect and enhance the environment, such as land stewardship activities to promote soil health, preserve native plant species, and enhance biodiversity.

The projects also support various community programs, including educational initiatives, assisting in establishing a youth agricultural training center and donating to local events.

“We are honored to collaborate with Microsoft in our joint commitment to accelerate the energy transition by adding these clean energy projects,” said Jason Allen, LRE’s Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to strengthening our relationships with Frio County and Brazoria County as we develop and operate the two facilities and deliver substantial and transformative benefits for local residents and communities for years to come, all while we support US manufacturing.”

Red River, a joint venture of SunChase Power and Eolian, began developing Morrow Lake Solar in 2017. The project has created 313 construction jobs, including 112 local hires, and construction of the facility is anticipated to be completed by Q4 2024. 

The construction of Cradle Solar in Brazoria County, expected to begin in Q2 2024 and end by Q4 2025, will generate over 300 construction jobs at its peak.