Amazon Gets Behind 329 MW of New Solar Capacity

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Amazon is backing three new renewable energy projects in the U.S. and Spain to support the company’s commitment to The Climate Pledge and reaching 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy target by 2030.

Amazon’s newest renewable energy project in Europe will be the company’s first large-scale project in Spain, located southeast of Sevilla. Once complete, the solar farm will provide 149 MW of new renewable capacity.

Amazon’s newest renewable energy solar projects in the U.S. will be located in Lee County, Ill., and in northern Virginia. Together, they total 180 MW and are expected to generate almost 400,000 MWh of renewable energy annually.

This will be Amazon’s first large-scale renewable energy project in Illinois and ninth in Virginia.

Once complete, the three new Amazon renewable energy solar projects will provide an estimated 329 MW of additional renewable capacity supplying energy to the company’s fulfillment network in Europe and Amazon Web Services data centers, which power Amazon and AWS customers globally.

“Earlier this year, we announced The Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net zero carbon by 2040. We also plan to run on 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030,” says Kara Hurst, director of sustainability, Amazon. “We’re committed to investing in renewable energy as a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint globally.”

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