Amazon announced five new renewable energy projects in China, Australia and the U.S. that further support Amazon’s commitment to reach 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030 (and potentially as early as 2025), as well as to reach net zero carbon by 2040.
Amazon’s first renewable energy project in China is a 100 megawatt (MW) solar project in Shandong. Once complete, the project is expected to generate 128,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy annually.
Amazon’s second renewable energy project in Australia is a 105 MW solar project in New South Wales. This project will have the capacity to generate 250,000 MWh of clean energy each year, which is enough to power the equivalent of 40,000 average Australian homes.
Amazon’s newest renewable energy projects in the U.S. include two new projects in Ohio, a 200 MW solar project and an 80 MW solar project. Additionally, a new 130 MW solar project in Virginia brings the total number of renewable energy projects in the Commonwealth to 12. Once enabled, these three U.S.-based projects have the capacity to power the equivalent of 69,000 average U.S. homes each year.
When complete, the five new Amazon renewable energy projects totaling 615 MW of installed capacity will supply approximately 1.2 million MWh of additional renewable energy to the company’s fulfillment network and Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers, which power Amazon and millions of customers globally.
To date, Amazon has announced 31 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects and 60 solar rooftops on fulfillment centers and sort centers around the globe. Together, these projects totaling over 2,900 MW of capacity will deliver more than 7.6 million MWh of renewable energy annually, enough to power 680,000 U.S. homes.
Kara Hurst, Vice President of Sustainability, Amazon commented that, as a signatory to The Climate Pledge, they are committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement 10 years early and reaching net zero carbon across Amazon by 2040. The five new renewable energy projects will be a critical part of the company’s roadmap to reach the goal. In fact, they believe it would be possible to reach the 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of the goals that were announced last fall. While this could be challenging, they have a credible plan to get there.
Virginia’s energy future is bright. Through investments in clean energy the company can reduce carbon emissions and create jobs to help drive long-term economic development, stated Virginia Senator Jennifer L. McClellan. She added that, the announcement of these new Amazon solar projects would help the Commonwealth meet their climate goals and contribute to their economic growth. The Virginia Clean Economy Act would help to drive more clean energy investments like this, to make Virginia a national hub for clean energy jobs.
Virginia Delegate Richard C. Sullivan Jr stated that, the clean energy job creation was a crucial driver for long-term economic development in the Commonwealth and was pleased that Amazon would continue to invest in Virginia’s clean energy future. The Virginia Clean Economy Act had put them on a path to 100 percent clean energy, and companies like Amazon were critical to helping in achieving that goal.