Commercial, Solar, Wind - January 19, 2024
Amazon Continues to Add Solar, Wind Power
Amazon increased its renewable portfolio by investing in more than 100 new solar and wind energy projects in 2023 and now has over 500 solar and wind projects globally.
It is now the largest global corporate purchaser of renewable energy for the fourth consecutive year. Amazon’s investments include the company’s first brownfield project, which will repurpose a previously polluted Maryland coal mine site into a solar farm, as well as the company's first renewable energy project in South Korea.
Once all the projects are operational, they are expected to generate more than 77,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of clean energy each year.
Since 2020, Amazon has purchased more renewable energy than any other company, according to BloombergNEF and publicly available sources.
Amazon’s goal is to have 100% of the electricity powering its operations be attributable to renewable energy sources by 2025.
Renewable energy projects are powering Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers, fulfillment centers, physical stores, and corporate offices, while also providing new sources of clean power to local communities where the projects are located.
“Amazon’s investments in solar and wind projects are helping power our operations, while also providing new sources of clean energy to the grid, spurring economic growth, and supporting jobs in the communities where our customers live and work,” said Adam Selipsky, CEO of AWS in a statement. “More than 90% of our operations were powered by renewables last year, but we’re not done. We’re focused on continuing to find innovative ways to bring new projects online, address grid constraints, and work with policymakers to mitigate the impacts of climate change, all of which is helping Amazon move closer to achieving 100% renewable energy by 2025.”
Amazon’s expansion of its renewables portfolio includes 27 countries and over 20 U.S. states, with new projects in Arkansas, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Virginia so far this year, as well as Canada, Greece, and South Korea.
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