Amazon adds 2.7GW to clean energy portfolio
American multinational technology company Amazon has included an additional 2.7GW to its clean energy capacity as part of its most recent renewable energy portfolio expansion.
Among the 71 renewable energy projects are a solar farm in Brazil, the company’s first in South America, as well as solar farms in India and Poland.
Amazon’s operations in the region will benefit from a 122MW solar farm in Brazil. The project includes a $380,000 investment in environmental programmes during construction to protect and promote biodiversity.
Additionally, the company is working on three large-scale projects in India, its first in the country. All three are solar projects in Rajasthan with a combined capacity of 420MW of clean energy.
Adam Selipsky, Amazon Web Services CEO said, “We are bringing new wind and solar projects online to power our offices, fulfilment centres, data centres, and stores, which collectively serve millions of customers globally, and we are on a path to reach 100% renewable energy across our entire business by 2025.
“Around the world, countries are looking to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy, and continued investments like ours can help accelerate their journey as we all work together to mitigate the impacts of climate change.”
Further, the company announced its first ever rooftop solar projects in France and Austria, as well as its first solar farm in Poland. Amazon’s investment in Poland’s first utility-scale project is one of the country’s largest corporate solar deals announced to date.
Moreover, the company is expanding its clean energy capacity by 1 GW across Southeastern United States, including the company’s first two renewable energy projects in Louisiana. It now has 202 projects spread across North America.
Amazon currently has 379 renewable energy projects in 21 countries, including 154 wind and solar farms and 225 rooftop solar projects with a total capacity of 18.5GW. By the end of 2021, the company’s use of renewable energy in its operations would have reached 85%.
Once fully operational, Amazon’s global renewable energy portfolio will generate 50,000GWh of clean energy per year, which is enough to power 4.6 million US homes.
Source: Energy Ghana