Amazon expands renewable energy projects to generate 50,000 GWh

Includes first renewable energy project in Brazil & first solar farms in India and Poland.

Amazon expands renewable energy projects to generate 50,000 GWh

Amazon is expanding its renewable energy investments with 71 new renewable energy projects around the world including its first renewable energy project in South America —a solar farm in Brazil— and its first solar farms in India and Poland.

"Once fully operational, Amazon's global renewable energy portfolio will generate 50,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of clean energy, which is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power 4.6 million U.S. homes each year," says an official release.

Adam Selipsky, CEO, Amazon Web Services says: "We are bringing new wind and solar projects online to power our offices, fulfillment centres, data centres, and stores, which collectively serve millions of customers globally, and we are on a path to reach 100% renewable energy across our entire business by 2025. Around the world, countries are looking to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy, and continued investments like ours can help accelerate their journey as we all work together to mitigate the impacts of climate change."

As the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy globally, Amazon now has a total of 379 renewable energy projects across 21 countries including 154 wind and solar farms and 225 rooftop solar projects, representing 18.5 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity. By the end of 2021, the company had reached 85% renewable energy across its business, the release said.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Amazon announced the company's first three large-scale projects in India. All three are solar projects in Rajasthan, representing 420 megawatts (MW) of clean energy capacity. The company now has a total of 57 renewable energy projects in the region, the release said.

"In Europe, Amazon now has 117 renewable energy projects. Amazon is announcing its first rooftop solar projects in France and Austria, and its first solar farm in Poland. Amazon's investment in its first utility-scale project in Poland is one of the largest corporate solar deals announced to date in the country."

In North America, Amazon is adding 1 GW of clean energy capacity across the Southeastern U.S., including the company's first two renewable energy projects in Louisiana. The company now has a total of 202 projects across North America, the release said.

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