Amazon unveils deals for 615 MW of solar capacity in China, Australia, US

Solar park. Image by: Amazon Web Services (aws.amazon.com).

May 21 (Renewables Now) - Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced today its involvement in five solar projects in China, Australia and the US that will provide it with access to 615 MW of renewable energy capacity.

The US e-commerce and cloud computing major will source 100 MW from a solar project in Shandong, China, which will provide 128,000 MWh of power a year. This is Amazon's first renewable energy project in the country

In Australia, the company has agreed its second renewable energy project, which is a 105-MW solar farm in New South Wales. Once operational, the solar park will produce 250,000 MWh of power annually.

In the US, Amazon announced contracts for two solar projects in Ohio, one with a capacity of 200 MW and the other of 80 MW. In Virginia, the company will source 130 MW of solar power from its 12th renewable energy project in the Commonwealth.

In total, Amazon has secured about 1.2 million MWh of electricity per year from the five projects for the company's fulfilment network and to be used at data centres operated by Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The latest deals are in line with Amazon's strategy to reach 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030 as well as to become carbon neutral by 2040.

"These five new renewable energy projects are a critical part of our roadmap to reach this goal. In fact, we believe it is possible to reach 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of the goals we announced last fall," said Kara Hurst, Vice President of Sustainability at Amazon.

To date, Amazon has announced 31 utility-scale wind and solar projects representing more than 2,900 MW of capacity and 60 solar rooftops on fulfilment and sort centres worldwide. Together the projects will generate over 7.6 million MWh of renewable energy per year.

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