Microsoft has entered into Corporate Power Purchase Agreements with a number of energy companies which, it is expected will contribute 900 megawatts of onshore wind and solar energy electricity generation.

That would see the multinational tech giant meeting close to 30% of Ireland's corporate power purchase agreement (CPPA) target by the end of the decade.

CCPAs are mechanisms that enable large companies to build or help fund off-site renewable energy generation.

The Government’s Climate Action Plan includes a target of 15% of electricity demand to be delivered from renewable energy CPPAs by 2030.

That equates to approximately 6 terawatt hours of additional electricity generation.

Microsoft’s planned procurement would contribute 28% of that target.

The multi-year agreements, signed with Statkraft, Energia Group, and Power Capital Renewable Energy, will help support efforts to add additional clean energy capacity to the electricity grid.

The tech company forecasts that it will be in a position to cover 100% of its data centre electricity load by 2025 with renewable energy.

Power use by data centres used by national and international tech companies based in Ireland has come under the spotlight of late against the backdrop of the energy crisis.

Electricity consumption by data centres increased by almost a third last year.

EirGrid estimates that by 2028, data centres could account for almost 30% of demand in Ireland.

"This announcement builds on our efforts to make our data centres more sustainable and foster new innovations to support the growth of renewables on the energy grid here in Ireland," Noelle Walsh, Corporate Vice President, Cloud Operations and Innovation at Microsoft said.

"As we continue to support the growing demand for Cloud across public and private sectors, Microsoft is committed to partnering with all stakeholders to help Ireland on its grid decarbonisation journey while unlocking the opportunities of a digital economy and society," she added.