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Microsoft Signs Major Solar Power Agreement In India

By Brian Spaen

Microsoft is aggressively purchasing renewable energy in Asia, and they've reached their first solar power agreement in India. They announced a deal with Atria Power on Tuesday to buy three megawatts worth of solar power to meet the needs of their new offices in the area. This comes shortly after a bigger purchase in Singapore.

Atria Power is a renewable power producer based in Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka in southern India. Microsoft will be adding offices in the city, and the purchase of solar power is expected to supply 80 percent of the power needed for the new office building. It’s anticipated that Microsoft will add on to clean energy capacity in the future.

"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," Rob Bernard, Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist, told CNBC