October 24 (Renewables Now) – Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) today unveiled plans for three new wind and solar projects in the US and the UK that will bring 265 MW of power generation capacity for its data centres.
In what it says will be the largest corporate wind power purchase agreement (PPA) in the UK, the e-commerce giant will get electricity from a 50-MW wind park on Scotland’s Kintyre Peninsula. Once operational, the Amazon Wind Farm will generate around 168,000 MWh, which will be enough to supply 46,000 local homes.
In the US, Amazon will secure 215 MW of additional solar supply through two projects in Warren County, North Carolina, and Prince George County, Virginia. These power plants will have a combined output of 500,997 MWh annually, upon completion.
The wind and solar parks will supply power to Amazon Web Services’ data centres. All are slated for commissioning in 2021.
Amazon aims to reach 80% renewable power consumption by 2024 and 100% by 2030 for its global infrastructure. It has also committed to achieving net zero annual carbon emissions by 2040. To date, the technology group has launched 1,600 MW of renewable energy projects globally.