Microsoft Corp has announced a new agreement with Sunseap Group that marks Microsoft’s first clean energy deal in Asia and will create the single-largest solar energy portfolio in Singapore to date.
This 60 megawatt-peak (MWp) solar portfolio will span hundreds of rooftops across the nation. This is the largest rooftop solar project in Singapore and the first rooftop solar portfolio in the country focused on serving datacenter energy consumption.
The investment in local solar energy builds on decades of Microsoft investment in Singapore and throughout the APAC region, the Redmond-based software maker said. Microsoft began operations in Singapore in 1990, and now has over 850 employees. Singapore is also home to Microsoft datacenter services that deliver Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and numerous other cloud services for customers.
Through a 20-year agreement, Microsoft will purchase 100 percent of the renewable energy attributes to the grid. This landmark agreement also marks progress for Singapore in the renewables sector.
The agreement solidifies Sunseap’s unique position in the energy markets. Dominic Garetto, Sunseap’s VP for Corporate Development said, “This contract, focused on serving Microsoft’s datacenter operations, highlights how environmentally responsible energy buyers can lead Singapore’s evolution as a global technology hub while fulfilling their sustainability goals.”
Christian Belady, GM, Cloud Infrastructure Strategy and Architecture, Microsoft said, “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 megawatts.”