Amazon to launch 71 renewable energy projects around the world

Adam Selipsky, Chief Executive Officer at Amazon Web Services

Amazon announced that it is expanding its renewable energy portfolio, with an additional 2.7 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy capacity across 71 renewable energy projects. Including the company’s first project in South America—a solar farm in Brazil—& a first in India & Poland. Once fully operational, Amazon’s global renewable energy portfolio will generate 50,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of clean energy, which can power 4.6 million U.S. homes a year.

What are Amazon’s clean energy targets?

“With new wind & solar projects online to power our offices, fulfillment centers, data centers, & 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,” said Adam Selipsky, CEO of AWS.

“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,” Adam Selipsky went ahead to add.

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 GW of renewable energy capacity. By the end of 2021, the company had reached 85% renewable energy across its business.

Where have the projects been launched?

  •  In the Asia-Pacific region, Amazon is announcing 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. Amazon is scaling fast in India, and these first investments play a critical role in reducing our carbon emissions in the country. In the Asia-Pacific region, the company now has a total of 57 renewable energy projects.
  • 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.
  • In South America, Amazon is announcing its first renewable energy project, which is a 122 MW solar farm in Brazil. In addition to providing renewable power to Amazon’s operations in the region, this project will also provide economic benefits to the local economy and the region’s biodiversity. The project includes a $380,000 (R$2 million) investment in environmental programs during construction to protect and promote biodiversity.
  • 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. With this commitment, Amazon is directly contributing to the Polish government’s goal of increasing renewable energy on its grid.

Corporate support of new renewable energy projects like Amazon’s helps open up the market for additional wind and solar farms, and accelerates the decarbonization of the grid.

The project is estimating 850 jobs during the construction phase, an additional 30 permanent jobs once the project becomes operational. To help scale the benefits of investments in the renewable energy sector as it continues to grow, Amazon is also working through the Clean Energy Buyers Institute’s (CEBI) Beyond the Megawatt initiative to ensure the industry is maximizing the economic, environmental, & social impact of energy procurement.

What are the executives’ thoughts on the announcement?

“As a leader in the CEBA community, Amazon continues to demonstrate that when it commits to a vision, it drives a pace & scale that’s a new bar to follow,” said Miranda Ballentine, CEO of Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA) & Clean Energy Buyers Institute (CEBI).

“Amazon also continues to not only deploy today’s clean energy procurement tools at scale, but also in leading its community of peers and partners in developing tomorrow’s clean energy solutions—whether that’s focusing on ensuring renewables have sustainable supply chains or expanding the impact of clean energy through next generation procurement tools.”

“With its landmark solar projects announced in Poland and France, Amazon has taken crucial steps towards its net-zero pledge, while supporting Europe’s own climate goals,” said Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe, founding partner of the RE-Source Platform. “As Europe faces skyrocketing energy prices, solar and renewable energy deals will strengthen Amazon’s strategic resilience—we hope to see more companies follow Amazon’s lead.”

Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, committing to reach net-zero carbon by 2040—10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. The Pledge now has more than 375 signatories, including Best Buy, IBM, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Siemens, Unilever, Verizon, and Visa.

Amazon has also ordered 100,000 electric delivery vehicles, the largest order ever of electric delivery vehicles, & has started to roll them out across the U.S. The company is also investing $2 billion in the dev’t of decarbonizing services & solutions through The Climate Pledge Fund.