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Microsoft agrees 3-MW solar power deal in India

Solar panels. Author: Frédéric BISSON. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

March 6 (Renewables Now) - US software giant Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Tuesday said it has completed its first renewable energy deal in India with an agreement to purchase 3 MW of solar power from Atria Power.

Just last week Microsoft announced its first clean energy deal in Asia -- a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Sunseap Group Pte Ltd to buy the electricity generated by 60 MWp of solar systems in Singapore to power its data centres in the Asian country.

The Indian transaction will help Microsoft power its new office building in Bangalore in the state of Karnataka, covering 80% of the facility's expected electricity demand.

The deal is part of a state government programme to promote investments in local solar energy operations, the company said.

Once the project is completed, it will bring Microsoft's direct renewable energy procurement globally to almost 900 MW. The company aims source at least 50% of its energy worldwide from wind, solar and hydropower electricity by the end of this year.

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