Amazon announced the company’s 65th and 66th renewable energy projects. The company’s newest renewable energy project in the EU will be located in Cork, Ireland, and will be the second Amazon Wind Farm in the Republic of Ireland.
Once complete, the new wind farm will provide 23.2 megawatts (MW) of renewable capacity, with an expected generation of 68,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean energy annually.
Amazon’s newest renewable energy project in the US will be located in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and will be the seventh Amazon Solar Farm in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Once complete, the new solar farm will provide 45 megawatts (MW) of renewable capacity and is expected to generate 100,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean energy annually.
Both projects are expected to begin producing clean energy in 2020. They will supply clean energy to the company’s AWS data centers, which power Amazon and millions of AWS customers globally.
Additionally, the company’s investments in renewable energy were recently recognized in the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) 2018 Solar Means Business Report.
The report ranked Amazon #1 in the US for the amount of corporate on-site solar installed in 2018, and #2 for the total amount of solar installed to date.
Amazon’s solar projects in the US have offset the CO2 equivalent of more than 200 million miles of truck deliveries.
Amazon has 66 renewable energy projects
Globally, Amazon has 66 renewable energy projects – including 51 solar rooftops – that are expected to generate 1,342 MW of renewable capacity and deliver more than 3.9 million MWh of clean energy annually.
“Playing a significant role in helping to reduce the sources of human-induced climate change is an important commitment for Amazon. Major investments in renewable energy are a critical step to address our carbon footprint globally. We will continue to invest in these projects, and look forward to additional investments this year and beyond.”
Kara Hurst, Director of Sustainability, Amazon
Beyond investments in wind and solar, Amazon has a long history of commitment to sustainability through innovative programs such as Shipment Zero, Frustration-Free Packaging, Ships in Own Container, investments in the circular economy with the Closed Loop Fund, and numerous other initiatives happening every day by teams across Amazon.
The company has also implemented the District Energy Project that uses recycled energy to heat and cool more than 3 million square feet of office space.