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Amazon Unveils Its First Solar Power Project in China

By Ding Yi / May 25, 2020 04:46 PM / Environment

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

Amazon has announced its first renewable energy project in China as part of ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon emissions.

The U.S. ecommerce giant’s China project will be a 100 megawatt (MW) solar power farm in the eastern province of Shandong, which is expected to generate 128,000 megawatt hours of clean energy every year, according to a company statement released last week.

Apart from the China project, Amazon also said that it will build a 105 MW solar farm in New South Wales, Australia, and three in the United States, of which two will be located in Ohio with respective capacities of 200 MW and 80 MW. There will also be a facility based in Virginia with 130 MW of capacity.

Once operational, the five solar power facilities will supply nearly 1.2 million megawatt hours of renewable energy to the company’s fulfillment networks and Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers, the statement said, without providing details on when the construction will be completed.

In September 2019, Amazon announced a massive commitment to combat climate change officially named The Climate Pledge, under which the company aims to reduce its carbon emissions with the ultimate target of becoming carbon-neutral by 2040.

So far, Amazon has unveiled 31 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects and 60 solar rooftops on its fulfilment and sorting centers globally. U.S. tech giant Apple has also previously announced plans to invest in solar and wind power production in China.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (dingyi@caixin.com)

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