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Amazon Announces 3 Solar Farms and 23 Solar Rooftop Projects in India

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Amazon Announces 3 Solar Farms and 23 Solar Rooftop Projects in India

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Amazon, a major in Ecommerce, announced three solar farms in Rajasthan as its first utility-scale renewable energy project in India.

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ReNew Power will develop a project of 210 MW, Amp Energy India will develop a 100MW project, and Brookfield Renewable will develop a project of 110 MW.

The company stated in a press release that the solar farms combined have the potential to produce 1,076,000 megawatts (MWh) per year of renewable energy, sufficient to power more than 360,000 households in New Delhi each year.

Amazon’s solar projects at Rajasthan will increase availability and affordability for renewable energy in India by creating new capacity that is not currently available on the grid.

Amazon also announced 23 solar rooftop projects in India for its fulfillment centers, including 14 new cities. These have the potential to generate 4.09 MW more renewable energy.

With 19.7 MW of solar energy capacity, this brings India’s total number of rooftop solar projects to 41. This will help to power Amazon’s fulfillment network in India.

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“We are bringing in new wind and solar projects to power our offices and fulfillment centers, data centres, and stores. These all serve millions of customers worldwide, and we are on the path to 100% renewable energy throughout our entire business by 2025,” said Adam Selipsky CEO of Amazon Web Services.

Amazon’s partnership with Renew Power involves a 210-MW solar farm in Rajasthan. It is considered to be the largest Indian solar corporate power purchase agreement (PPA), and the largest single project of business-to-business (B2B), that ReNew Power is currently developing in India.

Amazon has signed more than 500 MW PPAs for renewable energy with Brookfield worldwide, and 110 MW in India.

Brookfield’s Managing Director for Renewable Power and Transition Nawal Saini stated, “The Bikaner solar park is being developed as part of the Brookfield Global Transition Fund. This fund, which was our first impact fund, focuses on investments that accelerate the transition to a net zero carbon economy.”

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Amazon announced its global expansion of its renewable energy portfolio with an additional 2.7 gigawatts, or GW, across 71 new projects. This includes its first ever renewable energy project in South America, a solar farm located in Brazil, and its first solar farm located in Poland. Amazon’s global portfolio of renewable energy will produce 50,000 gigawatthours (GWh) each year. This is enough electricity to power approximately 4.6 million U.S homes annually.

Amazon is the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy. It currently has 379 projects in 21 countries. This includes 154 solar farms, 225 rooftop solar projects and 155 wind and solar farms. Together, these projects represent 18.5 GW of renewable power capacity. The company currently has 57 renewable energy projects in the Asia-Pacific region. It stated that the company had achieved 85% renewable energy by the end 2021.

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