Amazon adds 3 new solar farms to energy network

As part of its drive toward meeting The Climate Pledge, Amazon has announced renewable energy projects in the US and Spain in its drive to be supplied with 80% renewable energy by 2024, 100% renewables by 2030 and to be net zero carbon by 2040. 

The latest Spanish operation is a solar farm in southeast Sevilla that will provide some 149MW of renewable capacity. Meanwhile in the US it is building 180MW of solar farms at two sites in northern Virginia and in Lee County, Illinois. The US solar farms are set to produce 400GWh of energy annually.

The three new installations will add 329MW of renewable energy supply to Amazon’s energy network including its data centres and fulfilment network. These will add to its existing renewable energy capacity that will total 1.9GW of energy supply, or 5.3TWh of energy annually. Currently Amazon has 70 projects in place or in construction around the world, in solar and wind power projects.

“Earlier this year, we announced The Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net zero carbon by 2040. We also plan to run on 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030,” said 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% 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.”

“I applaud Amazon for their investment in renewable energy projects in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Virginia Senator Mark R. Warner. “This solar energy project will generate 80 megawatts of renewable energy, which will help lead to a cleaner and healthier environment.”


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