Amazon has announced plans for nine new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects in the US, UK, Canada, Spain and Sweden.
In Canada, the online retail giant will undertake its first renewable energy investment in Newell County east of Calgary; a city in the province of Alberta.
The 80 MW solar project will produce over 195,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy; enough energy to power more than 18,000 homes for a year.
“Amazon’s announcement is the largest known solar virtual power purchase agreement in Canada,” said Rebecca Nadel, director of Amazon’s business renewables centre in Canada.
Globally, the addition of these nine projects makes Amazon the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy with 206 renewable energy projects, and an electricity production capacity of 8.5 gigawatts.
Amazon is also on track to power its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025 – five years ahead of an original 2030 target.