Microsoft Inks Solar Energy Pact with Atria Power to Lighten its B’lore Office

Microsoft will purchase 3 megawatts of solar-powered electricity from the Bangalore-based company, which will meet 80 per cent of the projected electricity needs at the new facility.

Microsoft Corp., an IT giant, has singed its first renewable energy deal with Atria Power, a renewable power producer, to power its new office building in Bangalore, Karnataka.

As per the deal, Microsoft will purchase 3 megawatts of solar-powered electricity from the Bangalore-based company, which will meet 80 per cent of the projected electricity needs at the new facility.

The agreement is part of the Karnataka government’s program to encourage investments in local solar energy operations, in-line with the larger Indian government goal to ramp up solar power generation to 100 gigawatts by 2022, as part of India’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Commenting on the company’s first renewable energy deal in India, Microsoft India, President, Anant Maheshwari said, “Investing in local solar energy to help power our new Bangalore office building is good for Microsoft, good for India and good for the environment.”

“We are proud to be deepening our long history of partnership and investment in India with this agreement. This deal will help us grow sustainably and supports the growth of the Indian solar energy industry, so that the entire country can more easily and reliably access clean electricity,” Maheshwari added.

Microsoft, Chief Environmental Strategist, Rob Bernard said, “Microsoft, like India, has ambitious commitments to use more renewable energy.”

Bernard further said, “By purchasing local solar power to meet some of our local electricity needs, we’re not only meeting our goals but also supporting the growth of local clean energy industries. This growth leads to more clean electricity capacity, which will help India meet its targets for the Paris Agreement, reduce carbon emissions and provide clean electricity to its growing population. We’re proud to play a small role in this Indian energy transformation.”

This is Microsoft’s first solar energy agreement in India, and one of the first in Asia — the company completed a new solar agreement in Singapore last week.

Once completed, this project will bring Microsoft’s total global direct procurement in renewable energy projects to nearly 900 megawatts. The deals in Asia follow wind projects in Europe and a substantial portfolio in the United States, and mark continued momentum toward the corporate clean energy commitments set by the company in 2016.

Microsoft’s goal is to rely on wind, solar and hydropower electricity for at least 50 percent of its energy usage worldwide by the end of 2018.

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Manu Tayal

Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.

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