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Amazon announces new renewable energy projects

Published: 10 April 2019 - Carly Wills has announced three new renewable energy projects as part of its long-term goal to power all Amazon Web Services (AWS) global infrastructure with renewable energy. 

These projects – one in Ireland, one in Sweden and one in the United States – will deliver wind-generated energy that will total over 229MW of power, with expected generation of over 670,000MWh of renewable energy annually. 

The new projects are part of AWS’s long-term commitment to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy for its global infrastructure. In 2018, AWS exceeded 50 per cent renewable energy for its global infrastructure. 

Once complete, these projects, combined with AWS’s previous nine renewable energy projects, are expected to generate more than 2,700,000MWh of renewable energy annually – equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of over 262,000 US homes.

“Each of these projects brings us closer to our long-term commitment to use 100 per cent renewable energy to power our global AWS infrastructure,” said Peter DeSantis, vice president of global infrastructure and customer support, Amazon Web Services. 

“These projects are well-positioned to serve AWS data centres in Ireland, Sweden, and the US. We expect more projects in 2019 as we continue toward our goal of powering all AWS global infrastructure with renewable energy.”

Amazon has committed to buying the energy from a new wind project in Ireland, a 91.2MW wind farm in Donegal. The Donegal wind farm project is expected to deliver clean energy no later than the end of 2021.

The company will also purchase 91MW of power from a new wind farm in Bäckhammar, Sweden, which is expected to deliver renewable energy by the end of 2020.

California leads the United States in renewable electricity generation from non-hydroelectric sources, and the state’s Tehachapi Mountains, where AWS’s wind farm will be located, contain some of the largest wind farms in the country. The wind farm project in Tehachapi is expected to bring up to 47MW of new renewable energy capacity by the end of 2020.

Beyond the sustainability initiatives focused on powering the AWS global infrastructure, Amazon recently announced Shipment Zero, which is Amazon’s vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon, with 50 per cent of all shipments net zero by 2030. 

In total, Amazon has enabled 53 wind and solar projects worldwide, which produce more than 1,016MW and are expected to deliver over 3,075,636 million MWh of energy annually. Amazon has set a goal to host solar energy systems at 50 fulfilment centres by 2020 and the company has also implemented the District Energy Project that uses recycled energy for heating Amazon offices in Seattle. 

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