Fostering its sustainability venture, Amazon has augmented solar and wind installations in Europe, U.S. and Australia.
According to sources, the latest solar projects in the U.S. will be located in Halifax County, Virginia. The 65 megawatt solar project is anticipated to produce over 150,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy annually. The latest project is alleged to be Amazon’s eleventh renewable energy project in Virginia.
Amazon’s renewable energy projects in Europe include 122 MW from onshore wind project in Västernorrland, Sweden. It will be online in 2022 and another will be launched in Zaragoza, Spain- 50 MW solar farm. The operations for the Spain project are expected to begin in 2021. Amazon’s European Renewable projects are anticipated to generate almost 23,000 average Australian households.
Considering the strength of all four new Amazon renewable energy wind and solar projects, they will provide almost 300 MW and approximately 840,000 MWh of additional renewable capacity to the grids, which supply energy to the company’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers. These in return power Amazon and several other AWS customers globally.
“We’re on a mission to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early as part of The Climate Pledge commitment to be net zero carbon across our operations by 2040. These new renewable energy projects are part of our roadmap to 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030,” commented Kara Hurst, VP of sustainability, Amazon. “In addition to the environmental benefits inherently associated with running applications in the cloud, investing in renewable energy is a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint globally.”
Sources reveal Amazon has launched 26 utility scale wind and solar renewable energy projects, generating over 2,200 MW of renewable capacity and delivers more than 6.2 million MWh of clean energy.
About 50 solar rooftops are also installed by Amazon which allegedly generate 122 MW of renewable capacity and delivers 193,000 MWh of clean energy annually.