Amazon unveils three new renewables projects to support climate pledge


Amazon has announced three new renewable energy projects in the US and Spain that support its commitment to The Climate Pledge.

The projects will help Amazon to reach their 2024 goal to power operations by 80% renewable energy target, and 100% renewable energy by 2030 on its path to net-zero carbon by 2040.

The announced renewable energy projects in Spain are the company’s first in the country. The 149MW solar energy project will be located in Sevilla.

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In the US, Amazon is developing 180MW/4,000MWh of renewable energy projects in Lee County, Illinois and in Northern Virginia.

Once complete, the three new Amazon renewable energy solar projects will provide an estimated 329MW of additional renewable capacity supplying energy to the company’s fulfilment network in Europe and Amazon Web Services data centres, which power Amazon and millions of AWS customers globally.

To date, Amazon has launched over 70 renewable energy projects that will provide over 1,900MW of renewable capacity and are projected to deliver more than 5.3 million MWh of renewable energy annually. These projects include 21 utility-scale wind and solar farms and more than 50 solar rooftops installed on fulfilment centres and sort centres around the globe.

“Earlier this year, we announced The Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. We also plan to run on 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030,” said Kara Hurst, Director of Sustainability, Amazon. “We’re committed to investing in renewable energy as a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint globally.”

“As we work to put our state on a path to 100% clean and renewable energy, Illinois is proud to have Amazon invest in a major solar project in our state,” said Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. “Addressing climate change will take all of us working together, and leadership from state governments and the business community will demonstrate how we can sustainably power a modern economy and create good-paying jobs.”