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Amazon has provided details on five new renewable energy projects which it hopes will supply about 1.2 million MWh of additional renewable energy for fulfillment networks and Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers.

The five projects will cover all of Australia, China and the United States.

This step is part of the company’s goal to achieve 80% of renewable energy in 2024, 100% renewable energy in 2030, and net zero carbon in 2040.

The vice president of sustainability at Amazon Kara Hurst said the milestone of its 2030 achievement could be achieved as early as 2025, noting that although its objectives would be challenging, the company had “a credible plan to get there”.

In Australia, the company will undertake a 105 MW solar power project in New South Wales, which is expected to have the capacity to produce 250,000 MWh of clean energy every year.

Australia and New Zealand’s AWS commercial sector managing director Adam Beavis heralded this to be enough to power the equivalent of 40,000 Australian average homes.

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This is Amazon’s second project of its kind in Australia, after the first, revealed during AWS re: Invent in November and announced officially in February, saw the company make the first renewable energy promise outside the US and Europe.

“Climate change is an important issue that we all face as members of society and business owners and leaders,” Beavis said. “We are proud to announce the second Amazon solar project in Australia as a step forward in our efforts towards 100% renewable energy.”

The first renewable energy initiative in Shandong, China, is a 100 MW solar power project. The company expects that upon completion, it will produce 128,000 MWh of clean energy every year.

Meanwhile, in the United States, two facilities in Ohio will be home to a renewable energy project, with a 200 MW solar project and an 80 MW solar project.

In addition, the new 130 MW solar project in Virginia will bring the total number of renewable energy projects in the state to 12.

“Once activated, these three US-based projects have the capacity to power the equivalent of 69,000 US homes on average every year,” Amazon said. “To date, Amazon has announced 31 renewable wind and solar energy scale projects and 60 solar roofs at fulfillment centers and sorting centers around the world.”

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According to Amazon, the combined 31 projects have a capacity of more than 2,900 MW and will produce more than 7.6 million MWh of renewable energy annually.

“As a signatory to the Climate Agreement, we are committed to meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement 10 years earlier and achieving zero carbon throughout the Amazon by 2040,” Hurst added.

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