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Amazon announces rooftop solar projects for Chennai, Coimbatore – EQ Mag Pro

Amazon announces rooftop solar projects for Chennai, Coimbatore – EQ Mag Pro

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CHENNAI: Amazon on Thursday announced 37 new renewable energy projects worldwide totalling 3.5 GW (gigawatts) of clean energy capacity, including two new rooftop solar projects in Tamil Nadu – in Chennai and Coimbatore.

Amazon did not specify the exact location and capacity of the two projects in Tamil Nadu but said that with this, there are now a total of 20 rooftop solar projects in India totalling 17 MW (megawatts) of clean energy capacity.

The 37 new projects announced today are located across the US, Spain, France, Australia, Canada, India, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. They vary in project type and size, with three new wind farms, 26 new solar farms, and eight new rooftop solar installations at its buildings around the world.

With this, the ecommerce giant said it is on path to power 100% of its operations with renewable energy by 2025, five years earlier than the company’s original target of 2030.

“The new projects increase the capacity of Amazon’s renewable energy portfolio by nearly 30%, from 12.2 GW to 15.7 GW, and bring the total number of renewable energy projects to 310 across 19 countries,” the company said in a blog.

“The additional 3.5 GW of clean energy capacity from these new projects extends Amazon’s leadership position as the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy, and advances its efforts to meet The Climate Pledge, a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040—10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement,” it added.

“Our commitment to protecting the planet and limiting Amazon’s impact on the environment has led us to become the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world in both 2020 and 2021. Given the growth of our business, and our mission to run 100% of Amazon’s operations on renewable energy, we aren’t slowing our renewable investments down,” Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon, said.

Once operational, Amazon’s 310 projects are expected to produce 42,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable energy each year—enough electricity output to power 3.9 million US homes annually.

Source: PTI
Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network