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Amazon continues to expand its investments in renewable energy with 37 new projects across the globe. This marks significant progress on Amazon’s path to 100% renewable energy power by 2025, five years earlier than its original target of 2030. These new projects will increase Amazon’s capacity for renewable energy by almost 30%, from 12.2 gigawatts to 15.7GW. They also bring the total number to 310 renewable energy projects across 19 countries.
These new projects add 3.5 GW to Amazon’s clean energy capacity and extend its leadership position as the largest corporate buyer for renewable energy. It also advances Amazon’s efforts to meet The Climate Pledge which is a commitment to zero carbon emissions by 2040, 10 years before the Paris Agreement.
These projects will produce enough carbon-free electricity annually to eliminate emissions equivalent to more that 3.7 million cars in America each year.
“Our commitment to the environment and Amazon’s environmental impact has allowed us to be the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy worldwide in 2020 and 2021. Andy Jassy CEO of Amazon said that the company is not slowing down its renewable energy investments due to the rapid growth of their business and our mission of running 100% of Amazon’s operations using renewable energy. “We have 310 solar and wind projects in 19 countries and we are working hard towards our goal to power 100% of our business with renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of our original target for 2030.
These 37 projects were located in the U.S.A, Canada, India and Japan. There are three new wind farms and 26 new solar farms. Additionally, there are eight new rooftop solar installations in company buildings all over the world. Amazon now boasts a total number of 310 renewable energy projects as a result of these new projects. This includes 134 solar and wind farms, and 176 rooftop solar.
Amazon’s 310 projects will produce 42,000 gigawatthours (GWh) annually of renewable energy once they are operational. This is enough electricity to power approximately 3.9 million homes in the United States each year. These projects will generate carbon-free energy, which will help reduce 17.3 million metric tonnes of carbon emissions each year. This is equivalent to removing more than 3.7million cars from the U.S. each and every year.
Amazon continues to invest in renewable energy projects that are paired with energy storage. Amazon can store solar energy and then deploy it during times of high demand. This increases the environmental impact of Amazon’s renewable energy portfolio, allowing for carbon-free electricity to be available throughout the day. These new projects include a 300-megawatt solar project that is paired with 150MW of Arizona battery storage and a 150MW solar project that is paired with 75MW of California battery storage. The combined projects will double Amazon’s announced total solar paired with energy storage, which ranges from 220 MW up to 445 MW.