Amazon signs UK’s largest corporate wind energy deal


Amazon has signed three new renewable energy deals to decarbonise its UK and US operations.

Amongst the three new deals, one is the UK’s largest wind energy deal ever to be signed by a corporate.

The deal is for the development of 50MW wind farm in Kintyre Peninsula in Scotland. The wind facility will generate 168,000MWh of clean energy, enough to power 46,000 homes.

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The two deals signed in the US are for the development of solar projects in North Carolina and Virginia.

Combined, the solar projects will generate 500,997MWh of energy per annum.

The solar facilities mark Amazon’s second clean energy project in North Carolina, and its eighth in the neighbouring state of Virginia.

The three projects are expected to be completed by 2021 to power Amazon Web Services data centres.

The three deals will add 265MW of clean energy capacity to Amazon’s portfolio of low-carbon energy resources.

The projects are part of efforts by Amazon to reaching 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% by 2030 on its path to net-zero carbon by 2040.

 Amazon has launched 18 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects that will generate over 1,600MW of renewable capacity and deliver more than 4.6 million MWh of clean energy annually – enough to power 368,000 US homes.

The firm has installed more than 50 solar rooftops on fulfilment centres and sort centres around the globe that generate 98MW of renewable capacity and deliver 130,000MWh of clean energy annually.

“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,” said Kara Hurst, director of sustainability, Amazon. “With nearly 70 renewable energy projects around the globe – including 54 solar rooftops – we are making significant progress towards reaching Amazon’s company-wide commitment to reach 100% renewable energy by 2030.”