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Microsoft Signs First Renewable Energy Deal In Asia

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| March 6 , 2018 , 18:03 IST

Microsoft Corp. has announced the completion of its first renewable energy deal in the state of Karnataka in India. The tech giant will purchase 3 megawatts of solar-powered electricity from Atria Power which will be used to meet the electricity needs of a new office in Bangalore.

The deal represents Microsoft's first solar power agreement in India and one of the first in Asia.

Rob Bernard, Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist 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.” He further added.

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“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,” said Anant Maheshwari, President of Microsoft India.

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.