Amazon today announced it will expand its renewable energy push with five new projects in China, the US and Australia to power its infrastructure. The global tech giant will develop a new 105 MW solar project in New South Wales, following a successful investment in a Gunnedah solar farm earlier this year.
The new Australian project will have the capacity to generate 250,000 MWh of clean energy each year, Amazon says. Combined with the 142,000 megawatts Gunnedah deal, Amazon will have enough renewable energy in Australia to power the equivalent of 63,000 average Australian homes.
“Climate change is an important issue that we all face as community members and business owners and leaders,” said Amazon Web Services new managing director for ANZ, Adam Beavis, who flagged a local renewable push early this month.
“We are proud to announce Amazon’s second solar project in Australia as another step forward on our path to 100% renewable energy. Once complete, this new project will have the capacity to power the equivalent of 40,000 average Australian homes, further supporting our commitment to reach net zero carbon across Amazon by 2040.”
Globally, Amazon says the five new renewable energy projects announced today give it a total of 31 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects and 60 solar rooftops on fulfillment centres and sort centres. The projects provide more than 7.6 million MWh of renewable energy annually to Amazon’s warehouses and data centres.
Alongside the NSW project Amazon today announced a similar solar project in Shandong, China, its first renewable energy project in China. It is also adding three more utility scale renewable projects in Ohio and Virginia.
“As a signatory to The Climate Pledge, we’re committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement 10 years early and reaching net zero carbon across Amazon by 2040,” said Kara Hurst, Vice President of Sustainability, Amazon.
“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. While this will be challenging, we have a credible plan to get there.