Microsoft’s Singapore datacenters to be 100% solar powered

Arif Bacchus

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Microsoft yesterday announced an agreement with the leading solar energy system developer, Sunsea Group, to create the “single-largest” rooftop solar energy portfolio in Singapore. This marks the company’s first renewable-energy deal in Asia, and also means that Microsoft’s Singapore datacenters will eventually be 100% solar powered.

Under the 20-year agreement, there will be 60 megawatt-peak (MWp) solar portfolio spanning hundreds of rooftops across Singapore. This is just the latest renewable energy investment from Microsoft, which already announced wind farms in both Ireland and The Netherlands. According to Christian Belady, general manager, Cloud Infrastructure Strategy and Architecture, this latest deal will also put Microsoft’s total global direct procurement in renewable energy projects to 860 megawatts.

Kevin Wo, the managing director, Microsoft Singapore commented on the agreement:

“Our cloud services are helping to power Singapore’s digital transformation, and today’s agreement will ensure that transformation is increasingly powered by clean energy… We’re proud to work with Sunseap, the leading solar provider in Singapore, to support the growth of the local clean energy economy. With the agreement, Microsoft will improve the sustainability of our local operations and make important progress toward our corporate sustainability goals for datacenters.”

Once this project is complete, Microsoft is expected to exceed their goal of powering 50 percent of all their global data centers with renewable energy. You can learn more about this project by clicking here.