Amazon has announced nine new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects in the United States Canada, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The current announcement now means that the company has 206 renewable energy projects in the world with a cumulative capacity of about 2.5 GW. These include 71 utility-scale wind, and solar projects and 135 solar rooftops on facilities and stores worldwide which will generate 8.5 GW of production capacity globally. Further, Amazon is now the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in Europe, with more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes a year.
These projects supply renewable energy to Amazon’s corporate offices, fulfilment centers, Whole Foods Market stores, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers, which power Amazon and millions of AWS customers globally. Moreover, the renewable energy from these projects will help Amazon meet the goal of powering 100 per cent of its activities with renewable energy by 2025, ahead of its original target of 2030.
Investing in renewable energy is one of the many actions Amazon is taking as part of The Climate Pledge, a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commitment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 53 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.