E-commerce giant Amazon has announced 37 new renewable energy projects worldwide, including solar, wind, and battery integrated projects, totaling 3.5 GW of clean energy capacity, in line with its target to achieve 100% renewable energy to power its operations by 2025.
The new projects will increase the capacity of Amazon’s renewable energy portfolio by nearly 30%, from 12.2 GW to 15.7 GW, and bring the number of renewable energy projects to 310 across 19 countries. It will also help advance its efforts to meet the Climate Pledge, a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040—ten years ahead of the Paris Agreement.
The 37 new projects announced are located across the U.S., Spain, France, Australia, Canada, India, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates. They include three new wind farms, 26 new solar farms, and eight new rooftop solar installations at its buildings.
“Our commitment to protecting the planet and limiting Amazon’s impact on the environment has led us to become the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world in both 2020 and 2021. Given the growth of our business, and our mission to run 100% of Amazon’s operations on renewable energy, we aren’t slowing our renewable investments down,” said Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon.
Out of 37 new projects, 23 are spread across 13 states in the U.S. This includes Amazon’s largest capacity for renewable energy project announced to date – a 500 MW solar farm in Texas. The remaining projects are spread across Missouri, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Virginia. The 300 MW solar project in Arizona will be paired with 150 MW of battery storage, and the 150 MW solar project in California will be paired with 75 MW of battery storage.
The company has added 314 MW of renewable energy capacity in Spain, bringing its investment to 1.4 GW. The company announced five new projects, including three solar farms and two wind farms, bringing its renewable energy projects in Spain to 14.
In France, it will be Amazon’s second renewable energy project, bringing the company’s renewable energy capacity to 38 MW in the country.
The company has also added its first rooftop solar project in the United Arab Emirates, a 2.7 MW installation in Dubai. Amazon has announced seven rooftop solar projects in Australia, Canada, India, and Japan, totaling over 5 MW.
Including the announced projects, Amazon now has a total of 134 wind and solar farms and 176 rooftop solar projects. Once operational, the company’s overall projects are expected to produce 42,000 GWh of renewable energy each year—enough electricity output to power 3.9 million U.S. homes annually. The carbon-free energy generated by these projects will also help avoid 17.3 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually.
In May last year, Amazon issued a $1 billion sustainability bond to fund ongoing and new projects in five key green spheres.
The company last year announced plans to develop five new solar power projects with a total capacity of 615 MW in China, Australia, and the U.S.
Satish Shetty is a Copy Editor with Mercom India. Prior to Mercom, Satish was a multimedia news producer at Reuters, where he gained experience in digital news media. Satish has his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Broadcast Journalism from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Malaysia.
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