Amazon obtains 8.3GW of renewable energy in 2022, setting a new record
On Tuesday, Amazon declared that it has augmented its renewable energy capacity for 2022 by 8.3 GW by initiating 133 new projects across 11 countries.
Amazon has reported that their renewable energy capacity has now surpassed 20 GW. They continue to invest in new wind and solar projects to power their operations such as AWS data centers, Amazon fulfillment centers, and stores globally. This was announced in an official statement from the company.
Amazon has surpassed its own yearly record for renewable energy investments, making it the largest corporate purchaser of such energy.
Amazon is taking steps towards achieving its goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years earlier than planned. To this end, they have recently announced and started work on projects in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and the U.S., as well as initiated projects in Brazil, India, and Indonesia.
To close out the year, the company has successfully acquired 25 new renewable energy projects, bringing the total to 401. This total consists of 164 wind and solar farms, as well as 237 rooftop solar projects located at Amazon facilities. Once running, these renewable energy projects are projected to generate 56,881 GWh of clean energy annually.
Adam Selipsky, the CEO of AWS, expressed his satisfaction that they are on track to reach their target of being powered by 100% renewable energy five years earlier than initially planned due to the continued launch of renewable energy projects globally.
Amazon had an impressive year with their announcement of 133 projects in 11 countries for 2022. He commented that this highlights the variety of renewable energy sources they use and demonstrates their ability to employ new technologies in novel markets, all with the goal of mitigating the effects of climate change.
In the year 2022, Amazon declared 43 new renewable energy projects in the Asia Pacific region, with a total capacity of 1,200 megawatts.
Amazon announced the launch of its third wind-solar hybrid project situated in Karnataka with a capacity of 200MW. This, in addition to three solar farms in Rajasthan, brings the total of Amazon's utility-scale renewable energy projects in India to six, with a total of 920MW of renewable energy capacity. The news was made public in a press release.
Abhinav Singh, Director of Customer Fulfilment, Supply Chain, and Amazon Transportation Services, India, highlighted the successful outcome of their collaboration with government and industry when he reported that they had reached 920 MW of renewable energy capacity through utility-scale projects by the end of 2022.
Singh expressed the company's enthusiasm to aid in the growth of corporate renewable energy procurement in India by holding conversations with government stakeholders.
Backing the objectives of India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy's (MNRE), Amazon has launched projects to help aid the implementation of the wind-solar hybrid policy. This is meant to make the most of available infrastructure and land, and make renewable power more reliable, thus making the grid more steady.
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