Renewable Energy, Wind

EDF to buy wind farm, sell renewable power to Microsoft

EDF Renewable Energy secured a 96 percent stake in the 175 MW Pilot Hill Wind Project (formerly known as K4) from Orion Energy Group and Vision Energy. The project benefits from a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Microsoft Corp.


Pilot Hill Wind Project, located 60 miles southwest of Chicago, Illinois, in Kankakee and Iroquois counties, will consist of wind turbines supplied by General Electric (GE) and Vestas.

The wind project is situated on the same electric grid that powers Microsoft’s Chicago area datacenter. Physical construction on site is to commence shortly with commercial operation anticipated during the first quarter of 2015.