Amazon’s latest renewable energy solar projects in the US will be in Warren County, North Carolina, and Prince George County, Virginia. Together, they total 215 MW and are expected to produce 500,997 MWh of energy annually. This will be Amazon’s second renewable energy project in the state of North Carolina and eighth renewable energy plan in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Once complete, the three new Amazon renewable energy wind and solar projects will supply 265 MW of additional renewable capacity and are expected to start producing energy in 2021, supplying energy to the company’s Amazon Web Services data centers, which power Amazon and millions of AWS customers across the world.
To date, Amazon has launched 18 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy schemes that will produce over 1,600 MW of renewable capacity and deliver more than 4.6 million MWh of clean energy yearly – enough to power 368,000 U.S. houses. Amazon has also installed more than 50 solar rooftops on fulfillment centers and sort centers around the world that produce 98 MW of renewable capacity and deliver 130,000 MWh of clean energy every year.
“In addition to the environmental benefits inherently associated with running applications in the cloud, Amazon is dedicated to reducing our carbon emissions and reaching 80% renewable energy use across the company by 2024. We’ve released eight projects this year and have more projects on the horizon – and we’re dedicated to investing in renewable energy as a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint worldwide,” stated Kara Hurst, Director of Sustainability, Amazon. “With nearly 70 renewable energy projects around the world – including 54 solar rooftops – we are making considerable progress towards reaching Amazon’s company-wide commitment to obtaining 100% renewable energy by 2030.”