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Amazon heats up renewable energy efforts

Amazon heats up renewable energy efforts”

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, said: "This project is another example of Amazon's commitment to renewable projects in Ireland, adding clean energy to the grid, and supporting Ireland's climate commitments". Amazon's newest renewable energy project in the European Union will be located in Cork, Ireland, and will be the second Amazon Wind Farm in the Republic of Ireland. The energy that these farms will produce will be used to power Amazon Web Services data centers.

According to the latest Solars Means Business report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), in 2018, Apple had almost 400 megawatts of total installed capacity.

This is the company's second renewable energy development in Ireland, with the other farm located in Donegal. Projects in the U.S. have offset Carbon dioxide equivalent to more than 200m miles of truck deliveries.

The farm will have 45MW of renewable capacity and will generate 100,000MWh every year. Industry leadership is key to helping us reach this target. Construction work on that project is expected to begin later this year, while commissioning is scheduled for 2020.

"I applaud Amazon for their continued investment in clean and renewable energy projects in the Commonwealth of Virginia", noted Mark R. Warner, Virginia Senator. This solar energy project entering into the picture in Pittsylvania County will set the stage for a cleaner and safer environment, along with increased number of jobs for the overall community.

Globally, the firm has 66 renewable energy projects - including 51 solar rooftops.

Amazon declined to answer a Fora request for comment on whether the energy produced from the new wind farm will meet the electricity requirements needed for the centres. In addition, Amazon has also gained significant recognition with implementation of the "District Energy Project", which entails use of recycled energy to heat as well as cool over 3 million sq. feet of the office spaces.



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