Amazon is now the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the United States; as the company unveiled 14 new renewable energy projects in the U.S., Canada, Finland and Spain; which will advance the company’s goal to power the 100% of its operations with green power by 2025.
Firstly, the new projects will bring Amazon’s total renewable energy investments to date to 10 gigawatts (GW) of electricity production capacity; enough to power 2.5 million U.S. homes. Consequently, Amazon is now the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the U.S. and the world.
Secondly, the projects announced will supply renewable energy for Amazon’s corporate offices, fulfillment centers, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers that support millions of customers globally.
Thirdly, as said above, these projects will also help Amazon meet its commitment to produce enough renewable energy to cover the electricity used by all its operations around the world. These new projects will also support hundreds of jobs while providing hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in local communities.
Moreover, with the announced projects, Amazon will now have a total of 232 renewable energy projects globally, including 85 utility-scale wind and solar projects and 147 solar rooftops on facilities and stores worldwide.
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In addition, the projects on the U.S. are 11 projects, some of which are located in Arkansas, Mississippi; and also, Pennsylvania, and additional projects in Illinois Kentucky, Indiana; and Ohio. In total, Amazon has enabled more than 6 GW of renewable energy in the U.S. through 54 projects.
Furthermore, about the project in Canada, the company highlights that the new one is the second renewable energy project in Alberta; a 375-megawatt (MW) solar farm, which is also the largest in the country. When it comes online in 2022, the solar farm will bring Amazon’s capacity in Canada to more than 1 million megawatt hours (MWh); enough to power more than 100,000 Canadian homes.
On the other hand, about the relevance of the projects and the milestone achieved by its company; Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, said. “Our investments in wind and solar energy in the U.S. and around the world send a signal; one that tells 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.”
Finally, Gregory Wetstone, president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), concluded. “The renewable projects the company announced today will provide communities with good-paying jobs; and the affordable, pollution-free power we need to combat the climate crisis.”