Amazon has announced that it will build 5.6 GW of solar energy worldwide. The first US projects are planned in Arizona and Georgia.
Following the recent announcement of plans to invest in 274 utility-scale renewable energy projects around the world, Amazon has announced 18 new projects purchased in the United States and Europe, including eight US solar projects.
These 18 projects have been purchased in the United States, Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, with a total installed capacity of 5.6 GW. These new utility-scale wind and solar projects make Amazon’s total renewable power capacity promised to exceed 12 GW. Once the project is fully operational, the output will reach 33,700 GWh.
The 274 projects include 105 utility-scale wind and solar projects, as well as solar roofs for 169 facilities and shops. Among them, there are utility-scale solar projects exceeding 1 GW in the United States, including Amazon’s first solar projects in Arizona and Georgia, other projects in Ohio, Texas, and Virginia, and Amazon’s second Solar energy projects with energy storage systems. This project is located in Arizona. It is a 300 MW solar project and is equipped with a 150 MW battery energy storage system. This makes Amazon’s battery energy storage project in the United States have a capacity of 220 MW.
In total, Amazon has developed or acquired more than 6 GW of renewable energy in the United States through 62 projects. The company said it hopes to achieve 100% of its business operations using renewable energy by 2025-five years ahead of its original 2030 commitment. At the end of October, Amazon used its Climate Commitment Fund to invest in Resilient Power, a manufacturer of transformer-based fast chargers for electric vehicles, as part of its plan to put 100,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030. The solid-state transformers produced by Resilient Power integrate traditional step-down transformers, chargers, power management and bidirectional inverters into one device. This charger can handle solar energy and energy storage, vehicle-to-grid and micro-grid capabilities in the same device.