Amazon is set to invest in a 45-megawatt solar project in the US state of Virginia, as well as a 23.2-megawatt wind farm in Ireland. This is reported by Elektrovesti.
A 45 MW solar power plant in Pittsville, Virginia will be Amazon’s seventh solar power station in the state. After commissioning, this installation will be able to produce about 100 GWh of electricity per year. The wind farm, which will be built near the city of Cork, in turn, will be the group’s second project in Ireland.
The facilities are to provide electricity for Amazon Web Services data centers, with completion planned for 2020.
After construction is complete, the portfolio of the online trading giant will include 66 renewable energy projects located in different parts of the world, the company said in a statement.
According to Richard Bruton, Minister of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Ireland, the construction of the wind farm will begin this year.
“Making large investments in renewable energy is an important step in tackling our global carbon footprint,” said Kara Hurst, Amazon's Director of Sustainability.
Amazon's current renewable portfolio is approximately 1.34 GW. At the beginning of 2017, the company's board promised to install solar systems at 50 sites in the United States by 2020.