Amazon Reveals Offshore Wind Play in UK
Amazon has announced nine new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects including a 350 MW offshore wind farm off the east coast of Scotland.
The US technology company said that the wind farm is Amazon’s largest in the UK.
The project is also the largest corporate renewable energy deal announced by any company in the UK to date, Amazon said.
The company did not reveal further details except that the project, located southeast of Aberdeen would be operational in 2024, or that the power purchase agreement would run from that year onward.
”Amazon is a leader in renewable energy buying and is continuously changing the market through continuous innovation and investments in renewable energy. We are thrilled to see Amazon’s latest commitments around the world including in Spain, Sweden, and the UK. Long-term investments like these are crucial to companies moving closer to climate neutrality,’‘ said Hannah Hunt, Impact Director, RE-Source, a corporate renewable energy sourcing platform in Europe.
Amazon now has 206 renewable energy projects globally, including 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects and 135 solar rooftops on facilities and stores worldwide, which will generate 8.5 GW of electricity production capacity globally.
With the latest nine projects, Amazon has become the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in Europe, with more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity.
The company intends to power 100 per cent of its activities with renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of the original target of 2030.
”Amazon continues to scale up its investments in renewable energy as part of its effort to meet The Climate Pledge, our commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO.
”With these nine new wind and solar projects, we have announced 206 renewable wind and solar projects worldwide, and we are now the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in Europe and globally. Many parts of our business are already operating on renewable energy, and we expect to power all of Amazon with renewable energy by 2025—five years ahead of our original target of 2030.”