Amazon announced three new renewable energy projects in the U.S. and U.K. that support Amazon’s commitment to The Climate Pledge and reaching 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy target by 2030 on its path to 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 U.K., located on the Kintyre Peninsula, Scotland.
Once complete, the new Amazon Wind Farm will provide 50 megawatts (MW) of new renewable capacity with an expected generation of 168,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean energy annually, enough to power 46,000 U.K. homes.
Amazon’s newest renewable energy solar projects in the U.S. 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 the 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.
Amazon Already Produces Over 4.6 Million MWh of Clean Energy Annually
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.
“In addition to the environmental benefits inherently associated with running applications in the cloud, Amazon is committed to minimizing our carbon emissions and reaching 80% 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. 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.”
Kara Hurst, Director of Sustainability, Amazon
Track Amazon’s Progress on Sustainability
To track progress toward these goals, Amazon launched a new transparency website to report on its sustainability commitments, initiatives, and performance.
The site includes information on Amazon’s carbon footprint and other sustainability metrics that share the progress the company is making towards reaching The Climate Pledge.
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