Microsoft goes solar in India and Singapore

Microsoft is advancing its renewable goals this month with solar PV deals in India and Singapore.

A deal signed this week with India’s Karnataka state will see solar PV meet 80 per cent of power needs at the tech giant’s new office building in Bangalore.

Microsoft said it will purchase 3 MW of solar-powered electricity from Indian firm Atria Power as part of Karnataka’s scheme aimed at encouraging investment in local solar projects.

And an agreement last week, which represents Microsoft’s first such deal in Asia, will result in Singapore’s largest distributed rooftop solar PV installation. The 60 MWp system will span “hundreds” of rooftops and will be Singapore’s first rooftop solar portfolio focused on serving data centre energy consumption, Microsoft said.

For the project, the company has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with leading local solar developer Sunseap. Co-founder and director Lawrence Wu said his firm was “pleased to work with Microsoft on this landmark solar project”. à‚ 

“We see exciting potential in our partnership with Microsoft to raise awareness within the tech industry of the importance of adopting renewable energy solutions. Their investment in Singapore solar indicates a growing momentum for clean energy in the country and will further the positive ripple effect for organizations in Singapore to incorporate sustainability practices in their businesses,” he added.

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