Amazon renewable energy buy surges by 8.3 GW

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Amazon announced that it grew its renewable energy capacity by 8.3 gigawatts (GW) through 133 new projects in 11 countries in 2022.

This brings Amazon’s total portfolio to more than 20 GW — that could generate the amount of energy to power 5.3 million U.S. homes — across 401 renewable energy projects in 22 countries. Renewable energy purchases power Amazon’s operations, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers, Amazon fulfillment centers, and physical stores around the world.

Amazon remains the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy — a position it’s held since 2020, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

These purchases bring Amazon closer to powering its operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2025 — five years ahead of its original 2030 target.

In 2022, Amazon announced new projects in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and the U.S., and broke ground in Brazil, India, and Indonesia. With 25 new renewable energy projects secured to close out the year, the company now has 401 projects globally, including 164 wind farms and solar farms, and 237 rooftop solar projects on Amazon facilities.

Once operational, Amazon’s global renewable energy projects are expected to generate 56,881 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of clean energy each year.

“With 133 projects in 11 countries announced in 2022, Amazon had another record year,” said Adam Selipsky, CEO of AWS. “These projects highlight the diversity of our renewable energy sources and showcase our ability to bring new technologies to new markets and further reduce the impacts of climate change.”

In addition to the 108 clean energy projects the company announced in 2022, Amazon today is announcing 25 additional 2022 clean energy projects. These include:

There are 11 new projects in Europe, including Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, totaling 372 megawatts (MW) of capacity. It is investing in two new offshore wind projects in Europe totaling 280 MW of capacity.

There are four new projects in North America, totaling 918 MW of energy in Arizona, California, and Texas. A new solar project paired with energy storage in California allows Amazon to store clean energy produced by its solar projects and deploy it when solar energy is not available, such as in the evening hours, or during periods of high demand. In California, Amazon added its first on-site solar project at the Amazon Air Hub.

There are 10 renewable energy projects in India, Indonesia, and Japan. In India, a third 200 MW wind-solar hybrid project was added to Amazon’s first two wind-solar hybrid projects. In Indonesia, Amazon invested in its first renewable energy projects, securing a first-of-its-kind agreement for corporations to access additional utility-scale solar projects. In Japan, Amazon added three on-site solar projects and a new 38 MW utility-scale solar project.

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