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ENERGY & OFFSHORE | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Microsoft Singapore to power data centres with solar energy

This is part of their goal to power 50% of their data centres worldwide with renewables.

Microsoft has signed a 20-year deal with clean energy solutions provider Sunseap Group to power its data centres across the country with solar energy.

Under the agreement, Microsoft will buy 100% of the renewable energy from Sunseap’s 60 megawatt-peak solar portfolio.

"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," said Christian Belady, general manager for Cloud Infrastructure Strategy and Architecture of Microsoft, in a press release.

"We're on track to exceed our goal of powering 50% 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," he added.

Singapore is home to Microsoft’s data centres that deliver its cloud services such as Microsoft Azure and Office 365.

"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," said Kevin Wo, managing director of Microsoft Singapore.

In Asia Pacific, PwC noted the increasing threat of climate change will drive investments on solar and wind projects to US$250b by 2025.

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