Industrial, Solar, Wind - July 11, 2023
Amazon Supports Communities with Solar and Wind Projects
Amazon is expanding its renewable energy footprint in new ways, with projects that include a Kentucky solar farm and a utility-scale wind farm in Mississippi that will power its local operations.
The tech company’s expansion across the southeastern U.S. features five new solar and wind projects, bringing Amazon’s local total to 30 renewable energy projects in the region. The projects are expected to generate more than 7,500 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of clean energy.
Amazon currently has more than 400 renewable energy projects worldwide and is the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy globally, as well as in several states in the southeast, including Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, and Mississippi.
Amazon’s purchases in 2022 put the company on the path to powering its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of its original 2030 target.
The latest projects include a Mississippi wind farm and multiple solar farms in Arkansas and Georgia.
Local communities are already benefiting from clean energy now that several Amazon projects are operational, including Turkey Creek Solar Ranch in Kentucky, Bulldog Solar Farm and Sonny Solar Farm in Georgia, and a rooftop solar project at the Amazon Air Hub in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
“Amazon is on a path to powering our operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, and we want to ensure the local communities where our customers live and work are also benefiting from the solar and wind projects that we support,” said Charley Daitch, director of Energy and Water Strategy at Amazon Web Services (AWS) in a statement. “These energy projects are helping provide clean energy to local grids, create jobs, support local businesses and farmers, and boost the rural tax base in the southeast, which are all part of Amazon’s commitment to become a more sustainable company.”
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