Amazon sets new record for most renewable energy purchased by single company

Friday, Feb 17, 2023 17:52

A solar panel. Amazon in 2022 grew its renewable energy capacity by 8.3 gigawatt. — Photo Courtesy of NextEra Energy

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

This brings Amazon’s total portfolio to more than 20 GW, an amount that could generate the energy to power 5.3 million US homes or 15.3 million European homes across 401 renewable energy projects in 22 countries.

The company’s renewable energy purchases continue to add new wind and solar projects on the grids that power Amazon’s operations, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers, Amazon fulfillment centers, and physical stores around the world.

These purchases also bring Amazon closer to powering its operations with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025 — five years head of its original 2030 target. 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.

“As we continue to launch new renewable energy projects around the world, we’re pleased to be on track to power our operations with 100 per cent renewable energy, five years ahead of our original target. 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. — VNS

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