Two new renewable projects for Amazon

Amazon has announced it will build two new wind farms – one in Cork, Ireland, and one in Pittsylvania County, Virginia – to provide renewable power to its Amazon Web Services data centres.

The wind farms – which have expected generation capacities of 23 MW and 45 MW respectively – are set to come online in 2020. The data centres that receive electricity from the farms are essential for the fast and secure operation of Amazon’s online services.

They are the latest additions to Amazon’s renewable energy portfolio. Globally, the company says it has 66 renewable energy projects – including 51 solar rooftops – with a generating capacity of 1,300 MW.

‘Playing a significant role in helping to reduce the sources of human-induced climate change is an important commitment for Amazon,’ said Kara Hurst, Amazon’s Director of Sustainability. ‘Major investments in renewable energy are a critical step to address our carbon footprint globally.’

Amazon has previously committed to reach 100% renewable energy generation, and in 2018 it surpassed 50%. However, in February 2019, Greenpeace accused the company of essentially abandoning its 100% goal – for which it had not set a deadline – despite its public commitment to it.

Meanwhile, tech rival Apple has recently been named the top US commercial solar energy installer, with 393 MW installed in the past three years. Amazon came in second in the rankings by the Solar Energy Industries Association, with 330 MW installed.

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