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Microsoft will power its Singapore datacenter services using the power of the sun

By Alvin Soon - on 5 Mar 2018, 11:11am

Microsoft will power its Singapore datacenter services using solar power

Image credit: Sunseap Group

Microsoft’s first clean energy deal in Asia will also create the single largest solar energy portfolio in Singapore.

The new 60 megawatt-peak (MWp) solar portfolio by Sunseap Group will span hundreds of rooftops. For the next 20 years, Microsoft will purchase all of the renewable power exported by the solar grid. The energy will help power Microsoft’s datacenter services in Singapore.

For comparison’s sake, the 60 megawatt solar portfolio can generate enough energy to power 90,000 Singaporean homes for an hour. Construction for the project is in progress, and it is expected to be online by the end of the year.

The project is Microsoft’s first renewable energy deal in Asia, and is also its third international clean energy announcement. The previous two were wind deals in Ireland and The Netherlands. Microsoft has a goal of powering 50 percent of its global datacenter load with renewable energy by this year.

Local provider Sunseap is also supplying Apple with power from more than 800 rooftops in Singapore. Apple is the first company in Singapore to rely entirely on solar power, which runs its local operations, including the Apple Store in Orchard Road.

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