A few days ago, Microsoft announced that it signs the “largest corporate solar agreement in the United States.” According to the company, it is set to purchase 315 megawatts of power from two solar power facilities in Virginia. This is only a part of Microsoft’s goal of using 50% renewable energy by 2018 and 60% by early 2020.
The project’s targets
This agreement states that solar energy will fully power Microsoft’s Virginia data centers. There will be used a total of 750,000 solar panels that are spread across 2,000 acres. This plan is part of an already existing 500 MW projects that has its primary focus on doubling the current solar capacity in Virginia in order to help both the local community and Microsoft as well.
Microsoft’s president Brad Smith released an official statement saying that the project means a lot more than just gigawatts. The commitment is much more significant than transforming the company’s own operations; the plan also includes helping other access more renewable energy in the future.
Microsoft also says that this most recent deal is set to bring the directly purchased renewable energy to 1.2 gigawatts. We’re looking at enough power to light up about 100 million LED light bulbs.
Microsoft reached beyond its target
If we take into consideration all the other projects that Microsoft is currently involved in regarding using renewable energy, the company managed to successfully go beyond its 50% target that was set for 2018. This will also move Microsoft toward the 60% goal that was settled for 2020 ahead of schedule which is a great achievement.
sPOwer is the project developer for the solar agreement
Microsoft pointed at sPower as the project developer for the solar agreement, but the company decided not to disclose any financial aspects revolving around the deal. Ryan Creamer, CEO of sPower, noted that Microsoft’s involvement in this deal is a game-changer for the projects and other buyers as well. According to him, such commitment will make sure that the project moves forward successfully in a time where uncertainty still lingers on.
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