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June 14, 2022

Microsoft signs renewable energy agreement with Amplus Solar

The technology giant will purchase power from a 100MW solar project being developed by Amplus in India.

US-based technology giant Microsoft has signed a long-term renewable energy agreement with Amplus Solar, a subsidiary of Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas.

Under the deal, Microsoft will purchase power from a 100MW solar project currently being developed by Amplus in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

The deal is part of Microsoft’s strategy to become a carbon-negative organisation by 2030.

To meet this objective, the company has decided to source all its electricity to power its operations from renewable sources by 2025, including its data centres, buildings and campuses.

Microsoft Malaysia managing director K Raman said: “Today’s announcement builds on our long-standing partnership that now extends into sustainable business transformation.

“This strategic partnership will not only contribute to our own sustainability goals, but it also presents us the opportunity to apply the latest digital technology to support Petronas’ transition to a more sustainable future.”

The two companies will also work to develop an intelligent platform powered by data and artificial intelligence (AI) to support Petronas’ efforts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Petronas Project Delivery and Technology senior vice-president Bacho Pilong said: “Our partnership with Microsoft, one of the largest corporate buyers of renewable energy in the world today, is a testament to our innovation-driven projects and dedicated focus on enabling corporations to meet their sustainability goals. 

“The collaboration also fortifies our common commitment to leverage digitalisation and technology to achieve sustainability’s triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.

“We hope this will spur and catalyse more cross-industry synergy to collectively bring forth a better tomorrow.”

Last August, Microsoft signed an agreement with Ørsted to purchase renewable energy from Old 300, its 430MWAC solar energy centre in Fort Bend County, Texas.

The Old 300 Solar Centre is a $400m project spread over 2,800 acres of privately owned land near the city of Needville.

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