Amazon is scaling its renewable energy portfolio each year. Recently the company announced 18 new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects representing 2 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy capacity. The new procurement will be installed in the U.S., Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK.
Earlier this year also, the company announced nine new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. The new projects mean Amazon will add 5.6 GW of new renewable energy capacity in 2021, moving Amazon further down the path to power operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025—five years earlier than the original target of 2030. This 5.6 GW of electricity production capacity procured in 2021 is a 40% increase from the 4 GW procured in 2020.
In total, Amazon has announced 274 global renewable energy projects, including 105 utility-scale wind and solar projects, and 169 solar rooftops on facilities and stores worldwide, making it the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world. Those projects are enough to power more than 3 million U.S. homes.
“Amazon is wasting no time demonstrating that the company is fully committed to a clean energy future.”, said Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy.
For the first time, Amazon is also accounting for the carbon emissions it will avoid through its growing renewable energy portfolio. Once all 274 clean energy projects are operational, Amazon estimates that over 13.7 million metric tons of carbon emissions will be avoided each year—the equivalent of taking 3 million cars off the road in the U.S. each year.
“We are moving quickly and deliberately to reduce our carbon emissions and address the climate crisis,” said Kara Hurst, vice president of Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon. “Significant investments in renewable energy globally are a crucial step in delivering on The Climate Pledge, our commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.
8 new projects across the U.S.
- Amazon added more than 1 GW of utility-scale solar projects in the U.S., including Amazon’s first solar projects in Arizona and Georgia, and additional projects in Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. In total, Amazon has enabled more than 6 GW of renewable energy in the U.S. through 62 projects.
- Based in Arizona, Amazon’s second solar project paired with energy storage—which includes a 300-megawatt (MW) solar project being paired with 150-MW battery energy storage—enables the company to align solar generation with periods of the greatest demand, even when the sun is not shining. This brings Amazon’s total battery storage projects to 220 MW.
“Sizeable investments in clean energy are needed to meet our collective carbon reduction goals, and Amazon is delivering on that commitment,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “Amazon continues to invest in its clean energy future today and is now one of the top renewable energy buyers in the world.”
Do you know:
Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commitment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 200+ signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.
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