March 1 (Renewables Now) - US software giant Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) said today that it will be buying 100% of the electricity generated by 60 MWp of solar systems in Singapore to power its data centres in the Asian country.
Making its first clean energy deal in Asia, Microsoft has struck a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Singapore-based clean energy provider Sunseap Group Pte Ltd. The latter’s project envisages the installation of hundreds of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) arrays across Singapore.
“With the agreement, Microsoft will improve the sustainability of our local operations and make important progress toward our corporate sustainability goals for datacentres,” commented Kevin Wo, managing director of Microsoft Singapore. The software giant has been doing business in Singapore since 1990 and currently has more than 850 workers there.
Once up and running, Sunseap’s PV plants will lift Microsoft’s total global direct procurement of renewable energy to 860 MW.
"We’re on track to exceed our goal of powering 50 percent of our global datacenter load with renewable energy this year," said Christian Belady, head of Cloud Infrastructure Strategy and Architecture.
Last year, Microsoft signed a 15-year PPA with General Electric Co (NYSE:GE) to buy the electricity generated by a 37-MW wind farm in Ireland. Shortly thereafter it also unveiled a PPA for the output of a Vattenfall-owned wind farm in the Netherlands that will be repowered and expanded to 180 MW by 2019 and 295 MW by 2020.