Amazon goes greener with 229 MW wind power buy

Wind turbines in Ireland. Author: Harry Pears. License: Creative Commons. Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

April 9 (Renewables Now) - US e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) intends to buy the output of three wind parks totalling over 229 MW in Ireland, Sweden and the US in support its sustainability targets.

The online retailer announced on Monday it will purchase the electricity as part of its long-term goal to power all Amazon Web Services (AWS) global infrastructure entirely with renewable energy. The three wind projects, namely a 91.2-MW wind farm in Donegal, Ireland, a 91-MW plant in Backhammar, Sweden, and a 47-MW wind facility in Tehachapi, California, are expected to generate more than 670,000 MWh of electricity annually.

The Swedish and US projects are anticipated to kick off operations by end-2020, while the Donegal wind farm in Ireland is planned to be commissioned no later than the end of 2021. These plants, combined with AWS’s previous nine renewable energy projects, will produce over 2,700,000 MWh of power each year.

“Each of these projects brings us closer to our long-term commitment to use 100 percent renewable energy to power our global AWS infrastructure,” said Peter DeSantis, vice president of global infrastructure and customer support at Amazon Web Services. He added that the projects are “well-positioned” to serve AWS’ data centres in the three countries, while additional such schemes are expected to contribute to powering AWS global infrastructure in 2019.

According to the press release, Amazon has enabled 53 wind and solar projects globally, having a combined capacity of over 1,016 MW.

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