U.S. e-commerce group Amazon has announced its first utility-scale renewable energy projects in India – three solar farms located in Rajasthan. These include a 210 MW project to be developed by Indian developer ReNew Power, a 100 MW project to be developed by Amp Energy India, and a 110 MW project to be developed by Brookfield Renewable.
“Combined, these solar farms can generate 1,076,000 MWh of renewable energy per year, enough to power over 360,000 average-sized households in New Delhi annually,” stated the company.
Amazon will also add 23 new solar rooftop projects on its fulfillment centers across 14 cities in India, which have the capacity to generate an additional 4.09 MW of renewable energy. This brings the total number of its solar rooftop projects in India to 41, with 19.7 MW of renewable energy capacity, which will contribute to powering Amazon’s fulfillment network in India.
“We are bringing new wind and solar projects online to power our offices, fulfillment centers, data centers, and stores, which collectively serve millions of customers globally, and we are on a path to reach 100% renewable energy across our entire business by 2025,” said Adam Selipsky, CEO of Amazon Web Services.
Amazon’s 210 MW deal with ReNew Power in Rajasthan is one of the largest solar corporate power purchase agreements by a technology company in India — and the largest single business-to-business (B2B) project that ReNew Power is developing in India.
Amazon also announced that it is expanding its renewable energy portfolio globally, with an additional 2.7 GW of clean energy capacity across 71 new renewable energy projects. This includes the company’s first renewable energy project in South America – a solar farm in Brazil – and its first solar farm in Poland.
Once fully operational, Amazon’s global renewable energy portfolio will generate 50,000 GWh of clean energy, which is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power 4.6 million U.S. homes each year.
As the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy globally, Amazon now has 379 renewable energy projects across 21 countries, including 154 wind and solar farms and 225 rooftop solar projects, representing 18.5 GW of renewable energy capacity. In the Asia-Pacific region, the company now has a total of 57 renewable energy projects. By the end of 2021, the company had reached 85% renewable energy across its business.
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