Like a fair few of the big tech companies, Microsoft has invested a lot in transitioning its operations to renewable energy sources, with two of its most recent efforts being in collaboration with EDP Renewables and Invenergy. Today, the firm has revealed yet another initiative in this sector, but on this occasion in Arizona.
Because it intends to build two new Azure data center campuses in El Mirage and Goodyear, the firm has chosen to partner with First Solar, which is working on its Maricopa County-based Sun Streams 2 photovoltaic solar plant. Set to become operational in 2021, the 150-megawatt plant will supply power to the two Azure data centers under a twenty-year agreement. This brings the Redmond giant’s total renewable energy partnerships to nearly 1.5 gigawatts.
Of course, this is yet another step on the tech firm’s goal of 100% renewable operations. In fact, it reached its target of 50% by 2018, and is set to cross the 60% this year, ahead of its “early next decade” target. With 70% planned by 2023, Microsoft was also keen to poi