Microsoft signs first Asian renewable energy deal with Sunseap
The American technology firm, Microsoft has signed an energy deal with Singaporean solar company, Sunseap.
The deal is Microsoft’s first renewable energy contract in Asia, which aims to create “the single-largest solar energy portfolio in Singapore to date”, the firm announced.
The agreement is for 100% of the energy generated from Singapore’s largest rooftop solar project, which has a capacity of 60MW.
The 20-year long deal will aid Microsoft’s vow, made in 2016, to provide it’s datacentres with at least 50% renewable energy.
The deal is the firm’s first clean energy agreement on the continent, and its third across the world.
“Our cloud services are helping to power Singapore’s digital transformation, and today’s agreement will ensure that transformation is increasingly powered by clean energy,” stated Kevin Wo, the Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore.
“We’re proud to work with Sunseap, the leading solar provider in Singapore, to support the growth of the local clean energy economy.”
“With the agreement, Micrsoft will improve sustainability of our local operations and make important progress toward our corporate sustainability goals for datacenters.”
Sunseap has operations in several Southeast Asian markets – such as Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.