Swedish power company Vattenfall has agreed to support US technology company Microsoft plans to power its new datacentres in Sweden with 100% renewable energy.

Microsoft is planning to build two datacentres in Gävle and Sandviken, north of Stockholm. By powering the datacentres with renewable energy, the two companies aim for zero-waste operations and low carbon footprint from the new facilities.

Vattenfall Strategy senior vice-president Andreas Regnell said: “We will support Microsoft on the sourcing and supply of renewable energy for the future datacentres and help provide innovative solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of the datacentres.

“Vattenfall Distribution as the regional network owner will construct and build the distribution infrastructure required to connect the large-scale facilities.

“Over time, the new infrastructure will help further reduce the carbon footprint of the datacentres, while at the same time reinforce an already strong electricity grid in Gävle and Sandviken to the benefit of the people who live there.”

In 2017, Microsoft and Vattenfall entered into a deal to purchase 100% of the wind energy generated from a 180MW wind farm in the Netherlands.

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Located in the Wieringermeer Polder, north of Amsterdam, the wind farm is being developed by Vattenfall which will also be responsible for its operation.

Microsoft cloud operations and infrastructure CVP Noelle Walsh said: “Microsoft is working to transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future using the power of our technology and working with our partners around the world to discover and implement innovative solutions.”

The technology firm confirmed its goal to power its datacentres with 60% renewable energy by the end of this year, and 70% by 2023.