Microsoft has stepped up its clean power purchasing drive with the signing of a renewables deal in India.

Innovator Magazine reported last week that the company has penned an agreement to source rooftop solar for its  data centre operations in Singapore. And this latest move means that 80% of electricity at Microsoft’s new  facility in Bangalore will come from solar energy provided by Atria Power.

Anant Maheshwari, President of Microsoft India, said: “Investing in local solar energy to help power our new Bangalore office building is good for Microsoft, good for India and good for the environment. We are proud to be deepening our long history of partnership and investment in India with this agreement. This deal will help us grow sustainably and supports the growth of the Indian solar energy industry, so that the entire country can more easily and reliably access clean electricity.”

It is part of growing trend more widely of corporates buying renewable energy – a direction of travel supported by initiatives like the RE100 campaign, where big brands commit to using 100% clean energy.