Amazon unveils 1.5 GW renewable energy frenzy – ReNews
Amazon has unveiled agreements for nine new utility-scale wind and solar power projects in the United States, Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom for a total of 1,546 MW.
The projects include a 350 MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland, which is Amazon’s largest in the UK and also the largest corporate renewable energy deal announced by a company in the UK to date.
Amazon also unveiled the company’s first solar project associated with energy storage.
The development in the California Imperial Valley has 100 MW of PV and 70 MW of storage.
Amazon also announced its first renewable project in Canada, an 80 MW solar farm in Newell County, Alberta.
When completed, the project will generate over 195,000 megawatt hours of electricity.
The US projects are a 118 MW wind farm in Murray County, Oklahoma, and solar farms totaling 400 MW in Allen, Auglaize and Licking counties in Ohio.
In Spain, Amazon’s most recent solar projects are located in Extremadura and Andalusia and together add more than 170 MW to the grid, while in Sweden there is a 258 MW onshore wind project located in the north of the country.
The company now has 206 renewable energy projects worldwide, including 71 large-scale wind and solar projects and 135 solar rooftops on facilities and stores around the world, which will generate 8.5 GW of electricity.
With this latest announcement, Amazon is now the largest renewable energy company buyer in Europe, with more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes per year, a declared the company.
The projects provide renewable energy to Amazon corporate offices, distribution centers, complete grocery stores, and Amazon Web Services data centers.
The renewable energy from these projects also helps Amazon meet its commitment to produce clean energy equivalent to the electricity used by all Echo consumer devices, the company said.
Amazon has said it is on track to power 100% of its business with renewable energy by 2025 – five years ahead of the original 2030 target.
Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos (Photo) said, â€œAmazon continues to increase its investments in renewable energy as part of its efforts to meet The Climate Pledge, our commitment to be net zero carbon by 2040.
â€œWith these nine new wind and solar projects, we have announced 206 renewable wind and solar projects worldwide, and we are now the largest renewable energy corporate buyer in Europe and globally.
“Many parts of our business are already running on renewable energy, and we plan to power the entire Amazon with renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of our original 2030 target.”