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Amazon announces renewable energy projects in US, Spain

Amazon announces renewable energy projects in US, Spain

Mubasher: Amazon will launch three new renewable energy projects in the US and Spain, within its climate commitment, the US e-commerce giant said in a press release.

The planned project in Spain, Sevilla will be Amazon’s first large-scale solar farm in the European country, with another one in the US state of Illinois, Lee County while it will implement the ninth project in Northern Virginia.

The additional renewable capacity of the three projects will be a collective 329 megawatts (MW), providing 700,000 megawatt per hour (MWh) of energy per annum, which will meet the power need for more than 67,000 houses, the company said.

The company pushes to reduce its carbon footprint to a net zero, by 2040, in a bid to meet the Paris Agreement, and provide renewable energy for its fulfilment network and Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centres.

“Earlier this year, we announced The Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net zero carbon by 2040,” Amazon’s sustainability director Kara Hurst said.

Amazon aims for reaching a renewable energy target of 80% by 2024, and 100% by 2030.

Amazon developed a sustainability website to gauge progress towards these targets.

Until now, Amazon launched 70 renewable energy projects, including 21 utility-scale wind and solar farms and more than solar rooftops, with a capacity of more than 1,900 MW, which are set to provide over 5.3 million MWh of renewable energy per year.