Amazon has revealed a significant investment in renewable energy projects around the world as it seeks to make AWS the greenest cloud option for customers.
At its AWS re:Invent 2021 conference in Las Vegas, the company announced 18 new utility-scale wind and solar power projects in the US, Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.
The news, which makes Amazon the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world, means that AWS’s renewable energy capacity will now total 12 gigawatts and exceed 33,700 gigawatt hours (GWh) when current projects are fully realized. That’s enough to power more than three million American homes for a year.
The announcement also means that Amazon now operates 274 renewable energy projects globally, and is well on track for its goal of enabling 100% of its business operations with renewable energy by 2025 – which That’s five years ahead of its original target of 2030. ,
“We are moving rapidly and deliberately to reduce our carbon emissions and address the climate crisis,” said Kara Hurst, vice president of worldwide sustainability at Amazon. “Significant investment in renewable energy around the world, 10 years before the Paris Agreement, our commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2040, is an important step in meeting the climate pledge. Renewable energy projects also bring new investments, green jobs and advance the decarbonization of power systems in communities around the world.”
The new projects, which include a new wind project in Northern Ireland and a third solar project in Italy along with four new solar projects in Spain, mean Amazon has added 5.6 gigawatts (GW) of purchasing capacity so far in 2021.
In its home country of the US, Amazon has added eight new projects, including its first solar projects in Arizona and Georgia, and additional projects in Ohio, Texas and Virginia.
The company’s 274 global projects now include 105 utility-scale wind and solar projects and 169 solar rooftops at facilities and stores.
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