In a move to source 80 percent of its facilities energy from renewable power plants by 2024, Amazon is now investing in three new green energy projects in Europe and the US.
As announced, Amazon’s newest renewable energy project in Europe will be the company’s first large-scale project in Spain, which is a 149MW solar farm located southeast of Seville. The other two green projects are in the US and will consist of a pair of solar farms, one located in Lee County, Illinois and another in Northern Virginia, both farms are expected to yield a total of 180MW.
“Earlier this year, we announced The Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement ten years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. We’re committed to investing in renewable energy as a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint globally,” said Kara Hurst,
director of sustainability, Amazon.
Upon completion, the three new Amazon solar energy projects will provide an estimated 329MW. The Company has also moved on to put up a new website to share information on how Amazon is thriving in its task to be sustainable – which will be reported by the company.
So far, Amazon is reported to have launched more than 70 renewable energy projects that will provide over 1,900MW.
“As we work to put our state on a path to 100 percent clean and renewable energy, Illinois is proud to have Amazon invest in a major solar project in our state. Addressing climate change will take all of us working together, and leadership from state governments and the business community will demonstrate how we can sustainably power a modern economy and create good-paying jobs,” said Jay Pritzker, Governor of Illinois.
Also commending Amazon’s investment, Virginia Senator Mark R. Warner said,
“I applaud Amazon for their investment in renewable energy projects in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This solar energy project will generate 80MW of renewable energy, which will help lead to a cleaner and healthier environment.”