Amazon unveils nine green energy projects to power data centres

21 April 2021 | Antony Savvas

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Amazon has announced nine new “utility-scale” wind and solar energy projects in North America and Europe.

The power generated will help it power its offices, depots, stores and AWS data centres internationally with certified renewable energy.

The company says it now has a total of 206 renewable energy projects globally, including 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects, and 135 solar rooftops on facilities and stores worldwide.

With 8.5 gigawatts of electricity production capacity globally to date, Amazon said it's on the path to 100% renewable energy by 2025 - five years ahead of its original target of 2030.

With the help of new projects announced the company says it has become the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in Europe, with more than 2.5 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity - enough to power more than 2 million European homes a year.

“Amazon continues to scale up its investments in renewable energy as part of its effort to meet The Climate Pledge, our commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO.

The new projects include Imperial Valley in California where Amazon’s first solar project paired with energy storage is located. It allows the company to align solar generation with the greatest demand. The project generates 100MW of solar energy which is enough to power over 28,000 homes for a year, and includes 70MW of energy storage.

There is also Amazon's first renewable project in Canada, an 80MW solar project in the County of Newell in Alberta. Once complete, it will produce over 195,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable energy for the grid - which is enough to power more than 18,000 Canadian homes for a year.

And Amazon’s newest project in the UK is a 350MW wind farm off the coast of Scotland, which is Amazon’s largest in the country and “the largest corporate renewable energy deal announced by any company in the UK to date”, said the firm.

In addition, there are three new wind and solar projects in Oklahoma and Ohio, two solar projects in Spain and an on-shore wind project in northern Sweden.