The internet giant, Amazon, lands in the renewable energy business in Castilla y León with the installation of its first solar farm in the Community. A facility that will have 28.6 MW of capacity, and whose location is currently unknown. “We are commissioning new wind and solar projects to power our offices, logistics centers, data centers and stores, which serve millions of customers around the world, and we are on track to achieve 100% renewable energy throughout our business by 2025,” explains Amazon Web Services CEO Adam Selipsky.
However, the Castilian and Leonese project is not the only one that the brand will develop in Spain, since it will develop a new wind farm in Aragon. These are two of the 71 new renewable energy projects announced yesterday for the entire world by Amazon, which increase its total renewable capacity by 2.7 gigawatts (GW). These projects include the company’s first in South America, to be located in Brazil, and its first solar plants in India and Poland.
With the solar farm in Castilla y León, with a capacity of 28.6 MW, whose location is still unknown, and with the new wind farm in Aragón, with 36.96 MW of renewable capacity, Amazon adds 16 renewable energy projects in Spain , consisting of 13 solar farms and three wind farms. Once fully operational, these projects will generate renewable energy equivalent to the annual consumption of some 850,000 Spanish homes.
“Globally, countries are working to accelerate the transition to a zero-emissions economy. Ongoing investments like ours can help speed up this transition, as we all work together to mitigate the effects of climate change”, they highlighted from the company, who recalled that the new wind farm announced by Amazon in Aragon is added to the three projects (a solar farm and two wind farms) that the company had previously announced in this autonomous community. In total, the four projects will add a combined renewable capacity of 184.56 MW.
With this announcement, Amazon highlights how it reaffirms its position as the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world, with a total of 379 projects in 21 countries, consisting of 154 wind and solar farms and 225 solar installations on rooftops. its buildings, which add up to a capacity of 18.5 GW of renewable energy. By the end of 2021, Amazon had reached 85% renewable energy across its business. Once all these projects are operational, they will generate 50,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable energy, the equivalent of the annual consumption of 13.4 million European homes.
Additionally, in the Asia-Pacific region, Amazon has announced its first three large-scale projects in India, which will consist of three solar farms in Rajasthan, with a combined renewable capacity of 420 MW. “We are growing rapidly in India and these first investments play a fundamental role in reducing its carbon emissions in the country,” they pointed out from the entity.