Microsoft Taps Singapore Rooftops to Power Datacenters with Solar

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Microsoft Corp. today said it will buy the output of a 60-MWp portfolio of rooftop solar installations in Singapore to power its datacenters.

“This deal is Microsoft’s first renewable energy deal in Asia, and is our third international clean energy announcement, following two wind deals announced in Ireland and The Netherlands in 2017,” Christian Belady, general manager, Cloud Infrastructure Strategy and Architecture, Microsoft, said in a statement. “We’re on track to exceed our goal of powering 50 percent of our global datacenter load with renewable energy this year. Once operational, the new solar project will bring Microsoft’s total global direct procurement in renewable energy projects to 860 MW.” 

According to Microsoft, the portfolio will span hundreds of rooftops in Singapore and will create the largest solar energy portfolio for the country. Singapore is home to Microsoft datacenter services that deliver Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and other cloud services.

Singapore solar energy firm Sunseap Group will develop the project. Microsoft will purchase 100 percent of the renewable energy attributes exported to the grid under a 20-year agreement.

Lead image credit: Bernard Spragg. NZ | Flickr

 

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