Amazon to build 329 MW of solar farms in Spain and US

Amazon has announced new renewable energy projects in the US and Spain.

The company says two solar farms in the US and another in Spain will support its climate commitment to reach 80 per cent renewable energy by 2024, 100 per cent by 2030, and be net-zero carbon by 2040.

The solar farm in Europe will be Amazon’s first large-scale project in Spain. Located southeast of Sevilla, it will provide 149 MW of renewable capacity.

Amazon’s newest solar projects in the US will be in Illinois and Northern Virginia. Together, they total 180 MW and are expected to generate almost 400,000 MWh of renewable energy annually. This will be Amazon’s first large-scale renewable energy project in the state of Illinois and ninth in Virginia.

Once complete, the three new Amazon renewable energy solar projects will provide an estimated 329 MW of additional renewable capacity supplying energy to the company’s fulfillment network in Europe and Amazon Web Services data centers.

To date, Amazon has launched over 70 renewable energy projects that the company says will provide over 1900 MW of renewable capacity and are projected to deliver more than 5.3 million MWh of renewable energy annually.

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These projects include 21 utility-scale wind and solar farms and more than 50 solar rooftops installed on fulfillment centers and sort centers around the globe.

“Says Kara Hurst, director of sustainability, Amazon: “We’re committed to investing in renewable energy as a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint globally”.

“As we work to put our state on a path to 100 per cent clean and renewable energy, Illinois is proud to have Amazon invest in a major solar project in our state,” said Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. “Addressing climate change will take all of us working together, and leadership from state governments and the business community will demonstrate how we can sustainably power a modern economy and create good-paying jobs.”

To track progress towards reaching The Climate Pledge, you can visit the company’s sustainability report here.

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