Amazon has unveiled 14 new renewable energy projects in North America and Europe, including Canada’s largest solar power facility. The facility will be located in Alberta. and is anticipated to begin operations next year. This would be Amazon’s second renewable project in Canada, bringing total generation through both facilities to 1 million MWh per year, enough to power more than 100,000 Canadian homes.
Amazon’s announcement of a 375 MW agreement more than doubles the total number of Virtual Power Purchase Agreement launched in Canada this year. Amazon currently has a total of 232 renewable energy projects worldwide, including 85 utility-scale wind and solar projects and 147 solar roofs on sites and shops across the world.
Amazon has also revealed many additional projects across the world, including one in Spain, where they are presently embarking on their fifth solar project. It is anticipated that it would generate more than 520 MW throughout the country. In addition, the e-commerce giant announced 11 new projects in the United States, including its first solar parks in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania, as well as other projects in Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Amazon has 54 projects in the United States with more than 6 GW of total capacity.
Amazon aims to power 100 percent of its company activities with renewable energy by 2025. In 2019, Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge, a pledge to meet the Paris Agreement ten years early and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. IBM, Unilever, PepsiCo are among the 107 signatories to the commitment. The most recent utility-scale solar and wind projects will provide sustainable energy for Amazon’s corporate headquarters, fulfilment centres, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers, These initiatives will also help Amazon achieve its promise to generate enough renewable energy to power all Echo devices in use.