Amazon, the e-commerce and cloud computing giant, accelerates its commitment to sustainability and announces 71 new renewable energy projects worldwide, two of which will be in Spain. These are a new 36.96 MW wind farm in Aragón and a solar farm in Castilla y León, with a capacity of 28.6 MW, the first renewable energy project announced by Amazon in this autonomous community.
With the start-up of these new projects, Amazon will exceed 1.5 GW of renewable capacity in Spain, with 16 renewable energy facilities in the country: 13 solar farms and three wind farms. Once fully operational, these projects will generate renewable energy equivalent to the annual consumption of about 850,000 Spanish households, the company said Tuesday.
The new wind farm announced by Amazon in Aragon is in addition to the three projects (a solar farm and two wind farms) that the company had previously announced in this autonomous community. In total, the four projects will add up to a combined renewable capacity of 184.56 MW.
"We are launching new wind and solar projects to power our offices, logistics centers, data centers and stores, which serve millions of customers around the world, and we are on track to reach 100% renewable energy across our business by 2025," said Adam Selipsky, CEO of Amazon Web Services.
The 71 new projects announced by Amazon will increase its total renewable capacity by 2.7 gigawatts (GW). These projects include the company's first in South America, to be located in Brazil, and its first solar plants in India and Poland.
With this announcement, Amazon reaffirms its position as the world's largest corporate buyer of renewable energy, with a total of 379 projects in 21 countries, consisting of 154 wind and solar farms and 225 rooftop solar installations, totaling 18.5 GW of renewable energy capacity. By the end of 2021, Amazon had reached 85% renewable energy across its business. Once all these projects are operational, they will generate 50,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable energy, the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of around 13.4 million European households.
"Globally, countries are working to accelerate the transition to a zero-emission economy. Continued investments like ours can help accelerate this transition, as we all work together to mitigate the effects of climate change," added Selipsky. The company recalls that Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, pledging to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, ten years ahead of the Paris Agreement.