Energy Efficiency, Europe, North America, Renewables, Solar, Strategic Development, Wind

Amazon announces new RE projects in US and UK

Amazon has announced three new renewable energy projects in the US and UK that support their commitment to The Climate Pledge, reaching 80 per cent renewable energy by 2024, as well as 100 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.

This forms part of Amazon’s mission to achieve net zero carbon by 2040.

Major investments in renewable energy are a critical step toward addressing Amazon’s carbon footprint globally, and Amazon’s newest renewable energy project in Europe will be the largest corporate wind power purchase agreement (PPA) in the UK, located on the Kintyre Peninsula, Scotland.

Once complete, the new Amazon Wind Farm will provide 50 MW of new renewable capacity with expected generation of 168,000 MWh of clean energy annually, enough to power 46,000 UK homes.

Amazon’s newest renewable energy solar projects in the US will be located in Warren County, North Carolina, and Prince George County, Virginia. Together, they total 215 MW and are expected to generate 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 project in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Once complete, the three new Amazon renewable energy wind and solar projects will provide 265 MW of additional renewable capacity and are expected to begin producing energy in 2021, supplying energy to the company’s Amazon Web Services data centers, which power Amazon and millions of AWS customers globally.

To date, Amazon has launched 18 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects that will generate over 1,600 MW of renewable capacity and deliver more than 4.6 million MWh of clean energy annually – enough to power 368,000 U.S. homes. Amazon has also installed more than 50 solar rooftops on fulfillment centers and sort centers around the globe that generate 98 MW of renewable capacity and deliver 130,000 MWh of clean energy annually.

“… Amazon is committed to minimizing our carbon emissions and reaching 80 per cent renewable energy use across the company by 2024. We’ve announced eight projects this year and have more projects on the horizon – and we’re committed to investing in renewable energy as a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint globally,” said Kara Hurst, director of sustainability, Amazon.

“With nearly 70 renewable energy projects around the globe – including 54 solar rooftops – we are making significant progress towards reaching Amazon’s company-wide commitment to reach 100% renewable energy by 2030,” Hurst states.

“Agreements like this Power Purchase Agreement speak volumes of the levels of confidence from major employers and business across all sectors in Scotland’s renewable energy infrastructure,” said Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Scotland.

“In 2018 Scotland was able to achieve a record level of renewable energy generation, with revised data showing that 76.3 per cent of Scotland’s electricity demand was met from renewable sources, and onshore wind energy alone was capable of meeting more than 50 per cent of Scotland’s gross electricity demand. These fantastic figures illustrate the importance of onshore wind in our current energy mix, as a highly cost effective source of generation, but also the leading role it will play in meeting our future energy needs, too.”

“Today’s announcement by Amazon is another important step for North Carolina’s clean energy plan that will increase our reliance on renewables and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,” said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

“These solar farms help reaffirm the Commonwealth’s role as a leading producer of clean energy in the US, helping take the nation forward in responding to climate change,” said Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

“I applaud Amazon’s continued leadership in the Commonwealth and commitment to sustainability,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “Renewable energy projects like the Fort Powhatan solar farm will make our communities safer and healthier while creating the advanced energy jobs that are essential to helping us address climate change.”

Click here to view Amazon’s new transparency website to report on its sustainability commitments, initiatives, and performance.

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