Amazon switches on its first operational wind farm in Europe

The 91MW project in Western Sweden will support Amazon Web Services data centres in the country

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Amazon has announced a milestone in its sustainability commitment to Sweden and the Nordics region with the delivery of clean energy produced by the company’s first operational wind farm in Europe.

The 91MW project in Bäckhammar, which is part of the tech giant’s Climate Pledge to run its operations on 100% renewable energy by 2025 and be net zero carbon by 2040, will support Amazon Web Services data centres in the country.

The project is forecast to deliver 280,000MWh of clean energy annually into the Swedish grid, which is the equivalent of powering 29,000 homes.

The wind farm is the first of two Amazon renewable energy projects to come online in Sweden – the second, a 122MW onshore wind farm, currently in construction, is expected to commence operations in 2022.

In total, these projects will add 213MW of new clean energy to the Swedish grid.

Nat Sahlstrom, Director of Amazon Energy, commented: “We are proud that our wind farm in Sweden is the first Amazon utility-scale renewable energy project outside of the US to go online.

“We have been investing and growing in Sweden for almost a decade and this affirms our commitment to creating a sustainable future not only for our company but also for the communities where we operate.”