Amazon plans five new solar projects across China, U.S. - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Solar  -  May 21, 2020

Amazon plans five new solar projects across China, U.S., Australia

Amazon announced May 21 their newest round of additions to their renewable energy portfolio: five new utility-scale solar projects in China, Australia and the U.S. with a combined capacity of 615 MW.

The renewable energy projects include Amazon’s second and third in Ohio, 12th in the Commonwealth of Virginia, first in China and second in Australia. Together they are expected to generate 1.2 million MWh of energy annually, which will provide power to their fulfillment center and AWS data centers.

The two solar projects in Ohio have a capacity of 200 MW and 80 MW, respectively. The Virginia project has a capacity of 130 MW.

“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,” Kara Hurst, Vice President of Sustainability at Amazon, said in a statement. “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.”

These projects will support Amazon’s goal to achieve 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% by 2030, in addition to reaching net-zero carbon by 2040. To date, Amazon has announced 2,900 MW of renewable energy projects, which can deliver more than 7.6 million MWh of renewable energy annually.

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