Amazon to buy energy from new windfarms in Ireland, Sweden and US

9 April 2019 (Last Updated April 9th, 2019 16:47)

US-based e-commerce firm Amazon has revealed plans to buy energy from three new wind farms in Ireland, Sweden and the US.

Amazon to buy energy from new windfarms in Ireland, Sweden and US
Amazon is planning to purchase 229MW of renewable energy from three wind farms. Credit: Zbynek Burival on Unsplash.

US firm Amazon has revealed plans to buy energy from three new wind farms in Ireland, Sweden and the US. The energy produced will be used to power its Amazon Web Services (AWS) global infrastructure.

The three wind farms are expected to generate more than 670,000MWh of renewable energy on an annual basis and will help the company with its goal of powering its global infrastructure with 100% renewable energy.

Amazon Web Services Global Infrastructure and Customer Support vice-president Peter DeSantis said: “Each of these projects brings us closer to our long-term commitment to use 100% renewable energy to power our global AWS infrastructure.

“These projects are well-positioned to serve AWS data centres in Ireland, Sweden, and the US. We expect more projects in 2019 as we continue toward our goal of powering all AWS global infrastructure with renewable energy.”

“Each of these projects brings us closer to our long-term commitment to use 100% renewable energy to power our global AWS infrastructure.”

The e-commerce company has committed to purchase energy from a new 91.2MW windfarm in Donegal, Ireland, which is expected to deliver energy by 2021.

In Sweden the company will buy 91MW of power from a new wind farm, which is located in Bäckhammar. It is expected to supply renewable energy by the end of next year.

Amazon expects to source 47MW of renewable energy from the wind farm project in Tehachapi Mountains, California by the end of the year.

These three projects will join AWS’s existing nine renewable energy projects to generate more than 2,700,000MWh of renewable energy yearly.

According to Amazon, a total of 53 wind and solar projects have been enabled by the company across the globe so far. These projects produce more than 1,016MW.