Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Qcells have announced a commitment to be carbon negative by 2030. They have partnered to enable a strong supply chain for new renewable electricity capacity projects to require a minimum of 2.5 gigawatts of solar panels and related services. Potentially powering 400,000 homes. Microsoft has made a commitment to purchase renewable energy with a goal of achieving 100% coverage of electricity consumption with renewable energy by 2025. Microsoft supports Qcells’ solar products including those manufactured domestically to bring more renewable energy to the grid.
“Building a resilient solar energy supply chain is essential to advancing a global green energy economy. Microsoft’s partnership with Qcells will help make this vision a reality by bringing innovation and investment to rural Georgia,” said Brad Smith, vice chair and president, Microsoft. “As one of the world’s largest purchasers of renewable energy, this work will help bring more solar energy to the grid, faster.”
“We’re striving to build and deliver turnkey clean energy solutions, including those made in America, and this partnership with Microsoft will help accomplish this vision,” said Justin Lee, CEO of Qcells. “Similarly, Qcells is proud to play a role with Microsoft to bring more renewable energy online in the years to come. This first step is only the beginning of a great partnership that not only supports our two companies but helps deliver a clean energy future for customers and communities.”