Amazon tops 10GW in renewable energy investments

AWS’ owner is aiming to power 100% of company activities with renewable energy by 2025—five years ahead of the original target of 2030.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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June 29, 2021 | 12:51 PM BST

Amazon tops 10GW in renewable energy investments

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. Source: Amazon

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Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has announced 14 new renewable energy projects in Canada, Finland, Spain, and the US that will help the company power its operations using green energy sources.

With the new set of projects, Amazon has now a total of 232 renewable energy projects globally, including 85 utility-scale wind and solar projects and 147 solar rooftops on facilities and stores worldwide brining Amazon’s total renewable energy investments to date to 10 gigawatts (GW) of electricity production capacity—enough to power 2.5 million US homes, making Amazon the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world. 

The latest utility-scale solar and wind projects will supply renewable energy for Amazon’s corporate offices, fulfilment centres, and AWS data centres.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, said: “We are driving hard to fulfil The Climate Pledge—our commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2040, ten years ahead of the Paris Agreement.

“Our investments in wind and solar energy in the US and around the world send a signal that investing in green technologies is the right thing to do for the planet and citizens—as well as for the long-term success of businesses of all sizes across all industries everywhere.”

Amazon’s renewable energy projects around the world. Visit the interactive map here.

The 14 new wind and solar projects in the US, Canada, Finland, and Spain include:

• The largest renewable energy project in Canada: Amazon’s second renewable energy project in Alberta is a 375 MW solar farm that is also the largest in the country. When it comes online in 2022, it will bring Amazon’s capacity in Canada to more than 1 million megawatt-hours (MWh), enough to power more than 100,000 Canadian homes.

• New projects across the US: The 11 U.S.-based projects announced today include Amazon’s first solar projects in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania, and additional projects located in Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. In total, Amazon has enabled more than 6 GW of renewable energy in the US through 54 projects.

• Amazon’s first renewable energy project in Finland: Amazon’s first project in Finland is a 52 MW wind farm located near the country’s west coast. Once complete, the project is expected to begin producing energy in 2022.

• Additional investments in Spain: Amazon’s fifth solar project in Spain will generate 152 MW when it begins contributing power to the grid in 2023, bringing total capacity in the country to more than 520 MWs.


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