Microsoft Chile announced that it has signed a renewable power purchase agreement (PPA) with Chilean electricity provider AES Andes S.A., allowing customers to cut their carbon footprint while speeding up their digitization.
The agreement is part of the Microsoft’s Transforma Chile’s #ReactivaciónDigital plan, under which its data center announced in December will run entirely on wind and solar energy.
This move is in line with Microsoft’s commitment to sustainability, which includes a target of switching to 100% renewable energy in data centers by 2025. It’s also a step toward the company’s plan to decrease and eliminate the company’s carbon footprint. Microsoft plans to be carbon negative by 2030, and by 2050, the firm will remove from the atmosphere all of the carbon it has emitted since its founding in 1975, either directly or through energy use.
“We are fully committed in Chile to achieving Microsoft’s sustainability goals, and our data center is a key component of that effort. The first effort is a wind and solar energy project with AES Andes, and we’re working on the others now,” Sergio Rademacher, Microsoft Chile’s General Manager, stated.
In the company’s 30 years in the country, Transforma Chile #ReactivaciónDigital plan is the most important investment. The Microsoft cloud will increase remote work and learning communications through services like Microsoft Teams, thus improves the reliability and scalability of Chilean companies’ services, and empowers individuals, the public sector, and the private sector to innovate with the latest developer tools.
Microsoft Chile’s announcement reaffirms its commitment to ensuring the country’s sustainability. The Chilean data center region will become part of Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure, which is the world’s largest, and by allowing local business to access cloud services faster and store data within the country, it will give them a competitive edge across Chile’s key industries, including energy, finance and manufacturing.