First Solar announced that its Sun Streams 2 photovoltaic solar plant will power Microsoft’s new energy-efficient data centers built in Goodyear and El Mirage, Arizona. The 150MWac facility was developed and built by First Solar in Maricopa County and will power the data center under a 20-year agreement and will be operational in 2021.
The plant will use First Solar’s proprietary 6-series module technology, which has a carbon footprint six times lower than traditionally manufactured crystalline silicon photovoltaic panels, providing superior environmental characteristics and enabling Sun Streams 2 to provide cleaner solar energy. electric power.
“First Solar’s high-tech factory is one of the most advanced and sustainable plants of its kind in the world, supported by Microsoft technologies and the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, including the Azure IoT Hub and SQL Data Warehouse,” said Brian Janous. General Manager of Microsoft Energy and Sustainability. “This is an example of how Microsoft is accelerating clean energy and creating symbiotic value, not only in our operations, but also in other areas.”z profile steel manufacturer
“As a global leader in corporate solar energy, we are excited to support Microsoft’s commitment to decarbonization,” said Karl Brutsaert, senior director of renewable energy at First Solar. “Microsoft operates one of the world’s largest and most innovative cloud infrastructures, so the latest data centers are powered by cleaner solar power generated by some of the most eco-efficient and innovative solar technologies available. ”
Sun Streams 2 is expected to begin construction by the end of 2019 and will provide up to 500 construction jobs. The project, in line with Arizona’s renewable energy policy, will bring significant economic benefits to Maricopa County, including increased taxes to support local schools.
“As an Arizona-based company and a US solar manufacturer, we are excited to power these data centers, which will be an important driver of local investment and economic growth,” said Kathryn Arbeit, vice president of project development at First Solar. “This collaboration with Microsoft shows how large-scale solar energy can bring value to local communities, which is not only good for job creation, but also for the county’s tax revenue.”