• Amazon said this morning that "26 new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects totaling 3.4 gigawatts (GW) of electricity production capacity" will bring its "total investment in renewable energy in 2020 to 35 projects and more than 4 GW of capacity."
This is important for two reasons. Amazon says that this represents "the largest corporate investment in renewable energy in a single year," as well as making Amazon "the largest-ever corporate purchaser of renewable energy."
Here's how Amazon describes its commitment:
"Amazon has now invested in 6.5 GW of wind and solar projects that will enable the company to supply its operations with more than 18 million megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy annually. This is enough to power 1.7 million U.S. homes for one year. These projects will supply renewable energy for Amazon’s corporate offices, fulfillment centers, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers that support millions of customers globally. They will also help advance Amazon’s goal to reach net-zero carbon emissions across its business by 2040."
Amazon also said yesterday that " 13 new signatories - Atos, Brooks, Canary Wharf Group, Coca-Cola European Partners, ERM, Groupe SEB France, Harbour Air, ITV, Microsoft, Neste, Rubicon, Unilever, and Vaude - have joined The Climate Pledge, a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040, a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement’s goal of 2050."
Amazon is a co-founder, with Global Optimism, of The Climate Pledge.