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Amazon announces renewable energy project investments

20 Apr 2021 (Last Updated April 20th, 2021 12:33)

Amazon has announced investments in nine new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects in the US, Canada and Europe.

Amazon has announced investments in nine new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects in the US, Canada and Europe.

The projects include a 100MW Imperial Valley solar farm in California, with 70MW of energy storage capacity. It is said to be Amazon’s first solar project that has been paired with energy storage.

The company’s investment in the country also includes a 118MW wind project located in Murray County, Oklahoma.

In Canada, Amazon has invested in an 80MW solar project in the county of Newell, Alberta.

Amazon has further strengthened its presence in the UK renewable energy sector by investing in a 350MW wind farm off the coast of Scotland. This investment is said to be the biggest for the company and the largest corporate renewable energy deal announced by any company in the UK to date.

The company’s Spanish solar projects are located in Extremadura and Andalucia, which collectively supply more than 170MW of clean energy to the grid.

In Sweden, Amazon’s newest project is a 258MW onshore wind project.

With this latest announcement, Amazon has now become the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in Europe, with more than 2.5GW of renewable energy capacity.

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said: “Amazon continues to scale up its investments in renewable energy as part of its effort to meet The Climate Pledge, our commitment to being net-zero carbon by 2040.

“With these wind and solar projects, we have now announced 206 renewable wind and solar projects in total worldwide, and we are now the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy globally.

“Many parts of our business are already operating on renewable energy, and we expect to power all of Amazon with renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of our original target of 2030.”

Last May, Amazon revealed plans for five utility-scale solar power projects in Australia, China and the US.