Tech giant Amazon has announced five new utility-scale solar projects in China, Australia and the US to support the company’s commitment to reach 80% renewable energy by 2024, 100% renewable energy by 2030, and decarbonised operations by 2040.
Amazon’s first renewable energy project in China is a 100MW solar project in Shandong. Once complete, the project is expected to generate 128,000 MWh of clean energy annually.
Amazon’s second renewable energy project in Australia is a 105MW solar project in New South Wales. This project will have the capacity to generate 250,000 MWh of clean energy each year.
Amazon also announced two new projects in Ohio, a 200MW solar project and an 80MW solar project. Additionally, a new 130MW solar project in Virginia brings the total number of renewable energy projects in Virginia to 12.
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When complete, the five new Amazon renewable energy projects, totaling 615MW of installed capacity, will supply 1.2 million MWh of additional renewable energy to the company’s fulfillment network and Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers.
To date, Amazon has announced 31 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects and 60 solar rooftops on fulfilment centres and sort centres globally. Together, these projects, totalling over 2,900MW of capacity, will deliver more than 7.6 million MWh of renewable energy annually.
“As a signatory to The Climate Pledge, we’re committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement 10 years early and reaching net zero carbon across Amazon by 2040,” said Kara Hurst, Vice President of Sustainability, Amazon. “These five new renewable energy projects are a critical part of our roadmap to reach this goal. In fact, we believe it is possible to reach 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of the goals we announced last fall. While this will be challenging, we have a credible plan to get there.”
“Virginia’s energy future is bright. Through investments in clean energy we can reduce carbon emissions and create jobs to help drive long-term economic development,” said Virginia Senator Jennifer L. McClellan. “The announcement of this new Amazon solar project helps the Commonwealth meet our climate goals and contributes to our economic growth. The Virginia Clean Economy Act will help to drive more clean energy investments like this, to make Virginia a national hub for clean energy jobs.”
“Clean energy job creation is a crucial driver for long-term economic development in the Commonwealth,” said Virginia Delegate Richard C. Sullivan Jr. “I am pleased that Amazon continues to invest in Virginia’s clean energy future. The Virginia Clean Economy Act has put us on a path to 100 percent clean energy, and companies like Amazon are critical to helping us achieve that goal.”