Amazon invests in renewable energy infrastructure

In order to meet its renewable energy targets Amazon has announced three renewable energy projects in then US and UK. The online giant’s targets are 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% by 2030.

The Amazon wind power purchase agreement (PPA) is to be invested in a wind farm on the Kintyre Peninsula in Scotland. Once operational it will have 50 megawatts (MW) of capacity and produce 168,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy every year. This could in theory power 46,000 homes.

Amazon is also investing in two projects in the US. Both will be solar arrays and are to be based in Warren County, North Carolina and Prince George County, Virginia. Between them they are to have a capacity of 215MW and should produce just under 501,000MWh of energy every year.

Kara Hurst, Director of Sustainability, Amazon comments: “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.”

Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Scotland said: “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.”

“In 2018 Scotland was able to achieve a record level of renewable energy generation, with revised data showing that 76.3% of Scotland’s electricity demand was met from renewable sources, and onshore wind energy alone was capable of meeting more than 50% 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,” he added.

“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. “Not only is this the right thing to do for our planet, it’s the right thing to do for our economy. More clean energy jobs means better jobs for North Carolina families.”

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