Amazon is investing in more renewable energy projects in Australia, announcing it has backed a planned Victorian wind farm today as part of the company’s global renewable energy push.
Amazon declined to reveal details of the wind farm investment for commercial reasons.
The wind farm, located in Victorian Western District town of Hawkesdale, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.
Amazon says it has an agreement to source 325,000 MWh of renewable energy annually from the 96.6 MW facility to power the tech giant’s corporate offices, fulfilment centres, and Amazon Web Services data centres.
Earlier this year the Amazon announced investments in two planned NSW solar farms to supply it with energy, and has set ambitious targets to reduce its carbon footprint around the world.
Amazon has a goal to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030 and to reach net-zero carbon emissions across its business by 2040. It already claims to be the biggest corporate purchaser of renewable energy.
The three Australian projects, all yet to be built, are expected to generate 717,000 MWh or renewable energy annually, the equivalent to the annual electricity usage of almost 115,000 home
Hawkesdale is one of 26 new utility-scale wind and solar projects in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, the UK, and the US announced today, which bring Amazon’s total number of renewable energy projects to 127.
“Amazon has become the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy, and our latest local Hawkesdale Wind Project in Victoria demonstrates our commitment to investing in Australian renewable energy projects to run our business in the most environmentally friendly way,” said Adam Beavis, managing director, commercial sector for Amazon Web Services in Australia and New Zealand.
“Our push to use more renewable energy is one step on our path to net-zero carbon by 2040 as part of Amazon’s commitment to The Climate Pledge. To achieve these goals, we focus on four complementary areas: increasing energy efficiency in our facilities and equipment, continuous innovation in our data centres, advocacy at the global, federal, and state levels to create a favourable environment for renewable energy, and working with various power providers around the world to increase the availability of renewable energy.”