Microsoft To Buy Power From 100 MW Solar Project Being Built by Amplus Solar

Microsoft To Buy Power From 100 MW Solar Project Being Built by Amplus Solar Repsol Signs RE Purchase Agreement with Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation, one of the world’s largest purchasers of renewable energy, recently entered into a long-term agreement with Amplus Solar, a subsidiary of Malaysian oil and gas conglomerate Petronas in India, to buy power from a 100 MW solar project being developed by the latter in Rajasthan. Microsoft has taken a pledge to turn 100% green by 2025 and go carbon neutral by 2030. Both the companies are into talks also over how to take the agreement further and offer digital solutions, achieve the decarbonization targets.

Development of a Digital Sustainability Core platform, a first of its kind in the global energy sector, is also on the must do’s list of the duo working in tandem. A statement has quoted Petronas as saying that the platform, as and when developed, would help them establish a unified data hub to record, report, and reduce carbon emissions. If the reports are to be believed both have picked up artificial intelligence (AI) and comprehensive data to build the smart platform.

Microsoft’s Malaysia Managing Director, K Raman, said, “The strategic partnership will not only contribute to our sustainability goals, but it also presents us the opportunity to apply the latest digital technology to support Petronas’ transition to a more sustainable future.” Echoing the view, senior Vice President of Project Delivery and Technology at Petronas, Bacho Pilong, said, “The collaboration fortifies our common commitment to leverage digitalization and technology to achieve sustainability’s triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit.”

Petronas has also accelerated measures to reduce its Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse emissions. It may be recalled that Microsoft had completed its first renewable energy deal in India in 2018 when it agreed to purchase 3 MW of solar-power from Atria Power for its new office building in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Last year the tech major entered into an agreement with the AES Corporation to support the company in achieving its 100/100/0 by 2030 goal.

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