Microsoft has agreed to purchase 100 percent of the renewable energy from a solar project developed by Sunseap Group for its data centres, marking Microsoft’s first clean energy deal in Asia.
Through a 20-year agreement, Microsoft will purchase 100 percent of the renewable energy attributes to the grid. This agreement also marks progress for Singapore in the renewables sector.
In addition to purchasing energy from Sunseap’s 60 MW solar project, Microsoft will also support development of new solar projects and the greening of Singapore’s energy grid. This will in turn create the single largest solar energy portfolio in Singapore to date.
The project will utilise hundreds of rooftops across the country. It is the first such portfolio in the country focused on providing energy for data centres. The agreement builds on decades of investment in Singapore by Microsoft and throughout the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.
Kevin Wo, managing director, Microsoft Singapore, said, “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 data centres”.
Lawrence Wu, co-founder and director of Sunseap, added that the company sees in its partnership with Microsoft the potential to raise awareness within the tech industry of the importance of adopting renewable energy solutions.
According to Gian Yi-Hsen, executive director, Cleantech, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore is positioning itself to serve a growing trend of local and foreign companies using up to 100 percent renewable energy to power their business operations.
Once operational, the new project in Singapore will bring the company’s total global direct procurement in renewable energy projects to 860 MW.