Amazon invests in renewables projects in Europe, US and Australia

Amazon has bolstered its renewable energy portfolio with 300MW of new projects in Europe, the US and Australia, as the tech giant looks to reach 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% by 2030.

In Australia Amazon will source 60MW of solar capacity from a project in New South Wales, while a 50MW solar farm in Spain is expected to begin operations in 2021 and the company’s newest solar project in the US will be a 65MW plant in Virginia.

A 122MW onshore wind farm in Sweden will also deliver clean energy to Amazon by 2022. In a separate statement, the firm announced that a new solar project in Virginia will power its new headquarters.

Amazon sustainability vice president Kara Hurst said: “We’re on a mission to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early as part of The Climate Pledge commitment to be net zero carbon across our operations by 2040.

“These new renewable energy projects are part of our roadmap to 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030.

“In addition to the environmental benefits inherently associated with running applications in the cloud, investing in renewable energy is a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint globally.”