Amazon to invest in renewable energy projects in US and Ireland

Tech giant Amazon has announced it will invest in two new renewable energy projects in the US and Ireland, which will supply power to data centres for Amazon Web Services.

The US project is a 45MW capacity solar farm in Virginia, which will produce an expected 100,000 MWh of energy each year, while the Irish project is a 23.2MW wind farm in Cork with an expected output of 68,000 MWh of energy per year.

The facilities will take the number of renewable energy projects Amazon has invested in to 66. In the US, the company says its solar power projects have offset the carbon dioxide equivalent of over 200 million miles of truck deliveries.

“Major investments in renewable energy are a critical step to address our carbon footprint globally,” said Amazon’s director of sustainability, Kara Hurst. “We will continue to invest in these projects, and look forward to additional investments this year and beyond,” she added.

In a recent report by the Solar Energy Industries Association, Amazon’s rival tech company Apple was credited as the business with most installed solar capacity in the US, with 393.3MW of installed capacity. Amazon was ranked second with 329.8MW of installed capacity.