In a groundbreaking move for both companies, Lightsource BP and Microsoft have inked a significant solar power purchase agreement (PPA) in Poland, marking their inaugural venture into the country’s renewable energy landscape.
Poland, known for its carbon-intensive power grids within the European Union, has been striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by adopting renewable energy sources. The newly established long-term PPA will facilitate the delivery of carbon-free electricity to the Polish grid from a 40 MWac solar project. This milestone agreement is also aligned with Microsoft’s ambitious target of sourcing 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.
Kareen Boutonnat, CEO of Europe and APAC at Lightsource BP, emphasized the pivotal role of solar power in Poland’s energy transition commenting, “Solar power has a huge role to play in Poland’s energy transition and in the two years since Lightsource BP began work in Poland, our team has built up a significant 2.5GW pipeline of solar opportunities. This contract with Microsoft is a blueprint for Poland’s renewable future and supports our goal to support the decarbonization of Poland’s growing economy.”
Adrian Anderson, General Manager of Renewable and Carbon-Free Energy at Microsoft, stated, “As our Microsoft Azure business continues to expand to new regions, we are pleased to execute our first deal with Lightsource BP to drive the decarbonization of the Polish grid and meet our commitment of being carbon negative by 2030.”