Amazon’s Australian solar farms now operational

Solar photovoltaic arrays (munna creek)
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Amazon says its two Australian solar farms are now up and running and delivering clean energy to the grid, according to ZD Net.

The NSW-based solar farms—one in Gunnedah and the other in Suntop—are expected to generate 392,000MWh of renewable energy each year, which according to Amazon is equivalent to the annual usage of 63,000 Australian homes.

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The company is also building a wind farm in the regional Victorian town of Hawkesdale. Once operational, the wind farm will boost the company’s combined yearly renewable energy generation to 717,000MWh—enough to power 115,000 Australian homes.

“Amazon is committed to investing and innovating across its businesses to help create a more sustainable future. It’s important that large companies like Amazon stimulate investment in the development of green technologies and low-carbon products and services that will be required to help companies of all sizes decarbonise their operations,” the company said in a statement.

“This is why we co-founded The Climate Pledge with Global Optimism, to inspire companies to commit to be net zero carbon by 2040, 10 years earlier than the Paris Agreement.”

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Amazon has 310 renewable energy projects that the company is investing into across 19 countries in a bid to achieve its goal of powering its operations with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025—five years ahead of its original goal of 2030. Once operational, Amazon expects the 310 projects will produce 42,000GWh of renewable energy annually.

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