Amazon is planning to set up three solar farms in Rajasthan with a combined capacity of 420 megawatt (MW). This will be the first time that the e-commerce major is setting up a solar farm in the country.
The project will include a 210 MW project to be developed by ReNew Power, a 100 MW project to be developed by Amp Energy India, and a 110 MW project to be developed by Brookfield Renewable Partners, for which power purchase agreements (PPAs) have been signed, it said in a statement.
Further, Amazon will also set up 23 new solar rooftop projects – with a capacity to generate an additional 4.09 MW of power — across 14 cities in India. This would increase the company’s total number of solar rooftop projects in the country to 41 with 19.7 MW of renewable energy capacity.
Combined, these farms have the capacity to generate 1.07 million megawatt hours (1,076,000 MW-hour) of renewable energy per year, enough to power more than 360,000 average-sized households in New Delhi annually.
Amazon’s India projects are part of its plans to expand its global renewable energy capacity by setting up 71 new projects across the globe, which when operational would generate a total of 2.7 gigawatt (GW) of green power. Apart from India, it will set up large-scale plants in South Africa, France, Austria and Poland.
“We are bringing new wind and solar projects online to power our offices, fulfilment centres, data centres and stores, which collectively serve millions of customers globally, and we are on a path to reach 100 per cent renewable energy across our entire business by 2025,” said Adam Selipsky, CEO of Amazon Web Services.
As the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy globally, Amazon now has a total of 379 renewable energy projects across 21 countries, including 154 wind and solar farms and 225 rooftop solar projects, representing 18.5 GW of renewable energy capacity. In the Asia-Pacific region, the company now has a total of 57 renewable energy projects. By the end of 2021, the company had reached 85 percent renewable energy across its business.