Amazon Jumps Back Into Corporate Renewables Market

Amazon Jumps Back Into Corporate Renewables Market


Amazon on Monday said it will buy power from three future wind projects, two of them in Europe and the third in the U.S., while signaling that more deals could be coming soon. The announcement marks a return to the corporate renewables market for one of the biggest buyers of years past.

The tech giant will back 229 megawatts of new wind capacity from projects in Ireland, Sweden and California to serve Amazon Web Services’ fleet of data centers. The wind farms will be built over the next two years.

A 91-megawatt wind farm will be built in Donegal, in the Republic of Ireland, while a similarly sized project will be built in Bäckhammar, Sweden — near the windy coast of Vänern, the largest lake in the European Union.

Meanwhile, a smaller wind farm will be built in the Tehachapi Mountains of Southern California, near the load center of Los Angeles. The Tehachapis are home to the largest wind farm in the U.S. — Clearway Energy’s 946-megawatt Alta Wind complex — but the area has seen a slowdown in development in recent years, mirroring a slowdown in wind development across California

Amazon declined to reveal the developers behind the projects. In the past it has worked with a range of developers, from small players like Virginia Solar LLC to renewables powerhouses like Avangrid and EDP.

Amazon was an early and enthusiastic adopter of renewable energy among U.S. corporations, throwing its weight behind a number of landmark wind and solar projects in the 2015-2016 timeframe. The company has slowed its procurements over the past few years as it digested its earlier projects, but that might be about to change.

“We expect more projects in 2019 as we continue toward our goal of powering all [Amazon Web Services] global infrastructure with renewable energy,” Peter DeSantis, vice president of global infrastructure and customer support at AWS, said in a news release.

 

The new trio of wind farms will add to Amazon’s existing portfolio of nine utility-scale renewables projects, totaling more than 1,000 megawatts. AWS has a long-term target of reaching 100 percent renewables across its global footprint, and is already halfway there. Read more




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