Commercial, Sourcing Renewables - August 2, 2019
Amazon posts RE projects #65 & #66
Amazon announced the company’s latest renewable energy projects: their 65th is their second Amazon Wind Farm in the Republic of Ireland, while #66 is their seventh solar farm in Virginia. Globally, Amazon’s 66 renewable energy projects, including 51 solar rooftops, are expected to generate 1,342 MW of renewable capacity and deliver more than 3.9 million MWh of clean energy annually to support the company's goal to power 100% of its global operations with renewable energy.
The new Amazon Wind Farm, located in Cork, will provide 23.2 megawatts (MW) of renewable capacity, with an expected generation of 68,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy annually. The new Amazon Solar Farm, located in Pittsylvania County, Virginia will provide 45 megawatts (MW) of renewable capacity and is expected to generate 100,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy annually. Both projects are expected to begin producing clean energy in 2020 and will supply the company’s Amazon Web Services data centers.
“Playing a significant role in helping to reduce the sources of human-induced climate change is an important commitment for Amazon,” said Kara Hurst, Director of Sustainability, Amazon, in a statement. “Major investments in renewable energy are a critical step to address our carbon footprint globally. We will continue to invest in these projects, and look forward to additional investments this year and beyond.”
Amazon recently announced the early completion of its commitment to host 50 solar systems on its fulfillment and sortation center rooftops globally by 2020. Additionally, Amazon was ranked #1 in the U.S. for the amount of corporate on-site solar installed in 2018 and #2 for the total amount of solar installed to date, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association’s 2018 Solar Means Business Report.
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