Retail giant Amazon today announced nine new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects worldwide. In fact, those projects will be located in the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.
In fact, with these projects, the company now has 206 renewable energy projects globally, including 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects and 135 solar rooftops on facilities and stores worldwide. Moreover, they are expected to generate 8.5 GW of electricity production capacity globally.
Furthermore, with this latest announcement, Amazon is now the most significant corporate purchaser of renewable energy in Europe.
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Amazon invests in renewable energy projects worldwide
Today, retail giant Amazon announced nine new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects worldwide. Accordingly, the projects will be in the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden, and the UK, and join the 206 renewable energy projects that Amazon has globally.
With the latest announcement, Amazon is now the most significant corporate purchaser of renewable energy in Europe. Indeed, the company currently purchases more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity; enough to power more than two million European homes a year.
Therefore, these projects supply clean power to Amazon’s corporate offices and fulfillment centers. Also, Whole Foods Market stores, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers.
Besides, the renewable energy from these projects helps the company meet its commitment to producing clean energy equivalent to the electricity used by all consumer Echo devices.
“Amazon continues to scale up its investments in renewable energy as part of its effort to meet The Climate Pledge. For instance, this is our commitment to being net-zero carbon by 2040,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, and CEO.
The nine new wind and solar projects announced include Amazon’s first solar project paired with energy storage. In fact, allowing the company to align solar generation with the most significant demand. The company’s first renewable project in Canada is an 80 MW solar facility in the County of Newell in Alberta.
Additionally, the largest corporate renewable energy project in the UK, new projects in the US (in Oklahoma and Ohio); and additional investments in Spain and Sweden.
“Amazon continues to play a key role leading the corporate transition to renewable power worldwide. Also to demonstrating that ambitious renewable targets are both achievable and widely beneficial;” said Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).
Hence, “the company’s nine new clean energy projects bring them to an impressive record total of 8.5 gigawatts of global renewable capacity. Also, to include Amazon’s first solar plus storage project, using advanced technology to help deliver a clean, reliable grid.”
In fact, the retail giant and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019. This is a commitment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. Accordingly, the pledge now has 53 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.