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Microsoft signs deal for 315 MW solar power

The deal is the single largest corporate purchase of solar energy ever seen in the US, and will help the IT giant reach its renewables target.

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The US IT giant has entered a deal to buy electricity from two new solar projects in the US state of Virginia worth 315 MW in total, announces Microsoft in a press release.

Microsoft has a target that 60 percent of the company's electricity for data centers must be renewable by the beginning of 2020. The power purchasing agreement (PPA), which has been signed with SPower, a subsidiary of AES and AIMco, will play a key role in reaching this target. The PPA concerns the purchase of electricity from two solar farms, which are part of a larger 500 MW project, Pleinmont I & II.

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