Amazon unveils plans for Scottish offshore wind power

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 19/04/2021 Amazon
Amazon recently announced nine new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. One of its newly announced projects is a 350 MW wind farm off the coast of Scotland.

The project is poised to be Amazon's largest wind project in the country. It is also the largest corporate renewable energy deal announced by any company in the UK to date.

The company now has 206 renewable energy projects globally, including 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects and 135 solar rooftops on facilities and stores worldwide, which will generate 8.5 GW of electricity production capacity globally. With this latest announcement, Amazon becomes the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in Europe, with more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes a year.

These projects supply renewable energy to Amazon’s corporate offices, fulfilment centres, Whole Foods Market stores, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers, which power Amazon and millions of AWS customers globally. The renewable energy from these projects also helps Amazon meet its commitment to produce the clean energy equivalent to the electricity used by all consumer Echo devices. All of these projects put Amazon on a path to power 100% of its activities with renewable energy by 2025—five years ahead of the original target of 2030. Investing in renewable energy is one of the many actions Amazon is taking as part of The Climate Pledge, a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.

“Amazon continues to scale up its investments in renewable energy as part of its effort to meet The Climate Pledge, our commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040,”
said Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and CEO. “With these nine new wind and solar projects, we have announced 206 renewable wind and solar projects worldwide, and we are now the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in Europe and globally. Many parts of our business are already operating on renewable energy, and we expect to power all of Amazon with renewable energy by 2025—five years ahead of our original target of 2030.”

“Amazon continues to play a key role leading the corporate transition to renewable power worldwide and demonstrating that ambitious renewable targets are both achievable and widely beneficial,”
said Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). “The company’s nine new clean energy projects bring them to an impressive record total of 8.5 gigawatts of global renewable capacity and include Amazon’s first solar plus storage project, using advanced technology to help deliver a clean, reliable grid.”

“Leading companies like Amazon know the value that solar can bring to their businesses and the planet,”
said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “We’re thrilled to see that Amazon is following through on its climate commitments and is investing in renewable energy assets across the world. Wall Street, customers, and international businesses are all watching what American companies are doing about climate change, and this type of leadership can have a major impact on the climate crisis.”

Towards the end of last year, Amazon announced it had signed a 10-year corporate power purchase agreement with Ørsted to offtake the output of 250MW from its planned 900MW
Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farm in Germany. The 250MW CPPA, the largest ever for offshore wind in Europe, and is Ørsted’s second CPPA with Amazon, following the 2016 agreement on the 253MW Amazon Onshore Wind Farm Texas in Scurry County, Texas.

This was followed by news in February 2021 that Amazon signed agreements with Shell Energy Europe BV and Eneco to source renewable power from the
Hollandse Kust Noord subsidy-free offshore wind farm being constructed off the coast of the Netherlands. Starting in 2024, Amazon will offtake 250 MW from Shell and 130 MW from Eneco, for a total of 380 MW.

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