Amazon Adds 26 new Solar and Wind Projects, Takes 2020 Total Beyond 4 GW

Amazon has added 26 new wind and solar projects totaling 3.4 GW of electricity production capacity to its corporate purchase portfolio.

Amazon Wind and Solar

Global e-commerce major, Amazon has announced that it has added 26 new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects totaling 3.4 gigawatts (GW) of electricity production capacity to its corporate purchase portfolio. With the latest agreements, the firm has brought its total investment in renewable energy in 2020 to 35 projects and more than 4 GW of capacity — the largest corporate investment in renewable energy in a single year. 

These new projects will make Amazon the largest-ever corporate purchaser of renewable energy. The projects announced are located in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, the UK, and the US. The new projects are Amazon’s first in France, Germany, Italy, and South Africa. In the US, Amazon has now enabled wind and solar projects in California, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. Amazon has a total of 127 renewable energy projects globally, including 59 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects and 68 solar rooftops on fulfilment centres and sort centres around the globe.

The company has now invested in 6.5 GW of wind and solar projects that will enable the company to supply its operations with more than 18 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable energy annually. This is enough to power 1.7 million U.S. homes for one year. These projects will supply renewable energy for Amazon’s corporate offices, fulfilment centres, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centres that support millions of customers globally.

The projects will also help advance the firms’ goal to reach net-zero carbon emissions across its business by 2040. Part of that commitment is powering Amazon’s infrastructure with 100 percent renewable energy, and the company is now on a path to achieve this milestone by 2025, five years ahead of the initial 2030 target.

Amazon is helping fight climate change by moving quickly to power our businesses with renewable energy, said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “With a total of 127 solar and wind projects, Amazon is now the biggest corporate buyer of renewable energy ever. We are on a path to running 100 percent of our business on renewable energy by 2025 — five years ahead of our original target of 2030. This is just one of the many steps we’re taking that will help us meet our Climate Pledge. I couldn’t be more proud of all the teams across Amazon that continue to work hard, smart, and fast to get these projects up and running.”

“On behalf of the renewable sector, we applaud Amazon for its unprecedented contribution to the renewable energy transition this year. With an impressive 35 major new renewable projects in 2020, Amazon deserves tremendous credit for its leadership in the global shift to renewable energy. Procuring more than 4,000 MW of new renewable power in a single year is an incredible achievement, and it marks big progress toward Amazon’s goal of being powered by 100 percent renewable power. 

“We are immensely grateful to Amazon for their efforts to help us stay within shouting distance of the greenhouse gas emission reductions scientists say are needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change,” said Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).

Last year, Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge, a commitment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 31 signatories, including Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy. To reach its goal, Amazon will continue to reduce emissions across its operations by establishing a path to power its operations with 100 percent renewable energy, five years ahead of the company’s initial target of 2030; delivering its Shipment Zero vision to make all shipments net-zero carbon, with 50 percent net-zero carbon by 2030; and purchasing 100,000 electric delivery vehicles, the largest order ever of electric delivery vehicles.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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