Amazon to source power from new renewable energy projects
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Amazon to source power from new renewable energy projects

24 Jun 2021 (Last Updated June 24th, 2021 16:41)

Amazon has 232 renewable power projects worldwide, including 85 utility-scale wind and solar projects and 147 solar rooftops.

Amazon has announced plans to buy power generated by 14 new solar and wind power projects across the US, Spain, Canada and Finland.

The latest move is part of the technology giant’s efforts to power all its operations with renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of the company’s original target of 2030.

These projects will bring the company’s total renewable energy investments to date to 10GW, enough to power 2.5 million US households.

The new utility-scale solar and wind projects will provide electricity to Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centres, corporate offices and fulfilment centres.

With 232 renewable power projects worldwide, Amazon is claimed to be the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy.

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said: “We’re driving hard to fulfil the Climate Pledge, our commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2040, ten years ahead of the Paris Agreement.

“Our investments in wind and solar energy in the US and around the world send a signal that investing in green technologies is the right thing to do for the planet and citizens, as well as for the long-term success of businesses of all sizes across all industries everywhere.”

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper said: “Amazon’s commitment to clean energy is highly commendable, and it is the type of investment that we need to see more of to meet the world’s critical energy and climate needs.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that corporations such as Amazon see solar and other renewable resources as the path forward to meet their energy and business needs, and we stand ready to support Amazon and other companies of all sizes in their decisions to go solar.”

In April, Amazon announced investments in nine new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects in the US, Canada and Europe, including a 100MW Imperial Valley solar farm in California.