SEATTLE – April 8, 2019 – Today Amazon.com announced a new renewable energy project in Sweden, part of a larger announcement that also includes new projects in Ireland, and the United States, as part of its long-term goal to power all Amazon Web Services (AWS) global infrastructure with renewable energy. These projects will deliver wind-generated energy that will total over 229 megawatts (MW) of power, with expected generation of over 670,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy annually. The new projects are part of AWS’s long-term commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy for its global infrastructure. In 2018, AWS exceeded 50 percent renewable energy for its global infrastructure. For more information, go to https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/sustainability/.
Amazon has committed to buying the energy from a new wind project in Sweden, a 91 MW wind farm in Bäckhammar. The Bäckhammar wind farm project, which will be developed by KGAL Group, is expected to deliver clean energy no later than the end of 2020.
Amazon will also purchase 91.2 MW of power from a new wind farm in Donegal, Ireland, which is expected to deliver renewable energy no later than the end of 2021. The wind farm project in Tehachapi, California is expected to bring up to 47 MW of new renewable energy capacity by the end of 2020.
Once complete, these projects, combined with AWS’s previous nine renewable energy projects, are expected to generate more than 2,700,000 MWh of renewable energy annually.
“Each of these projects brings us closer to our long-term commitment to use 100 percent renewable energy to power our global AWS infrastructure,” said Peter DeSantis, Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, Amazon Web Services. “These projects are well-positioned to serve AWS data centers in Ireland, Sweden, and the US. We expect more projects in 2019 as we continue toward our goal of powering all AWS global infrastructure with renewable energy.”
“Sweden has long been known for ambitious renewable energy goals, and this new wind farm showcases both our country’s leadership and AWS’s commitment to renewable energy,” said Anders Ygeman, Sweden’s Minister for Energy and Digital Development. “This is a significant step in Sweden’s renewable energy production as we work toward our target of 100 percent renewable energy by 2040.”
“We are pleased to provide power from our newly constructed wind farm in Bäckhammar to Amazon, supporting AWS in reaching their 100 percent renewable energy targets,” said Michael Ebner, managing director of KGAL Investment Management GmbH & Co. “The Bäckhammar project is the fifth Swedish wind farm in our portfolio, and combines economies of scale, the newest technology, and a superior location next to consumers. We will continue our efforts to support the energy transition in Europe and are implementing further renewable energy projects in the area of wind power, solar PV, and hydro power in the next years to come.”
Beyond the sustainability initiatives focused on powering the AWS global infrastructure, Amazon recently announced Shipment Zero, which is Amazon’s vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon, with 50 percent of all shipments net zero by 2030. Additional sustainability programs across the company include Amazon Wind Farm Texas, which adds more than 1 million MWh of clean energy each year. In total, Amazon has enabled 53 wind and solar projects worldwide, which produce more than 1,016 MW and are expected to deliver over 3,075,636 million MWh of energy annually. These projects support hundreds of jobs, while providing tens of millions of dollars of investment in local communities. Amazon has also set a goal to host solar energy systems at 50 fulfillment centers by 2020. This deployment of rooftop solar systems is part of a long-term initiative that will start in North America and spread across the globe. Amazon also implemented the District Energy Project that uses recycled energy for heating Amazon offices in Seattle. For more information on Amazon’s sustainability initiatives, visit www.amazon.com/sustainability.
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