Amazon to Develop Solar Power Projects of Over 420 MW in India

Ecommerce Giant, Amazon, announced on Wednesday 21st September 2022, that it will develop 3 solar farms with a combined capacity of 420 MW in Rajasthan. The utility-scale projects include,

  • 210 MW project to be developed by ReNew Power,
  • 100 MW project to be developed by Amp Energy India
  • 110 MW project to be developed by Brookfield Renewable

The power purchase agreements (PPA) for all three projects have been signed.

As per the statement released by the company, the three solar farms will have the capacity to generate 1.07 million megawatt hours (1,076,000 MWh) of clean energy per year. The energy would be enough to power 360,000 average-sized households in New Delhi annually.

With this initiative, the organization is aiming to raise the availability and affordability of renewable energy in India.

Further, Amazon has announced 23 additional rooftop solar projects over its fulfilment centres across 14 Indian cities. This will generate an additional 4.09 MW of solar energy. Moreover, with the new projects, Amazon’s total solar rooftop capacity will increase to 19.7 MW.

“We are bringing new wind and solar projects online to power our offices, fulfillment centers, data centers, and stores, which collectively serve millions of customers globally, and we are on a path to reach 100% renewable energy across our entire business by 2025,” said Adam Selipsky, CEO of Amazon Web Services.

The organization is also planning to expand its renewable energy portfolio by adding 2.7 GW of clean energy with 71 new renewable energy projects. Apart from India, projects will be set up in South Africa, France, Austria, and Poland. Once complete, the company’s renewable energy portfolio will generate 50,000-gigawatt hours (GWh) of clean energy.

Amazon currently has 379 renewable energy projects across 21 countries, with a cumulative capacity of 18.5 GW. These include 154 wind and solar farms and 225 rooftop solar projects.

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Resource: The Economic Times

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