Amazon puts in an order for four new renewable energy projects

The retail giant says the new investments aim to help drive towards its commitment to reach 100% renewable energy by 2030

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Amazon has announced four new renewable energy projects in Australia, Spain, Sweden and the US.

The retail giant says the new investments aim to help drive towards its commitment to reach 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030 on the path to reach net zero emissions by 2040.

Amazon’s first renewable energy project in Australia is a 60MW solar project anticipated to come online in 2021 in northern New South Wales – it is expected to generate 142,000MWh of clean energy each year, equivalent to the annual electricity of almost 23,000 average Australian households.

New projects in Europe include a 122MW onshore wind project in Sweden and a new 50MW solar farm in Spain.

Amazon’s newest solar project in the US will be located in Halifax County, Virginia – the 65MW solar project is expected to generate over 150,000MWh of renewable energy annually.

It will also build a new 82MW solar project in Pittsylvania County that will power its new headquarters.

Kara Hurst, Vice President of Sustainability at Amazon, said: “We’re on a mission to meet the Paris Agreement ten years early as part of The Climate Pledge commitment to be net zero carbon across our operations by 2040. These new renewable energy projects are part of our roadmap to 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030.

“In addition to the environmental benefits inherently associated with running applications in the cloud, investing in renewable energy is a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint globally.”