May 29 (Renewables Now) - Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall AB will assist Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) in its initiative to place two new Swedish data centres among the most sustainably designed and operated such facilities to date.
The parties announced their partnership today, saying that Vattenfall will supply 100% renewable energy to Microsoft’s planned data centres in Gavle and Sandviken, north of Stockholm. The Swedish utility will also develop innovative solutions to lower the facilities’ carbon footprint.
Andreas Regnell, Senior Vice President Strategy at Vattenfall, explained that Vattenfall Distribution, being the regional network owner, will build the distribution infrastructure required to connect the large-scale facilities.
The parties did not provide details about any specific renewable energy projects.
Microsoft’s president Brad Smith confirmed earlier in 2019 that the company will achieve its target of powering its data centres with 60% renewable energy by the end of the year. The goal for 2023 is 70%.
In 2017, Microsoft agreed to buy 100% of the power generated by a 180-MW wind farm in the Netherlands developed by Vattenfall.