Cork wind farm becomes second to be bought by Amazon in Ireland

The wind farm will be based in County Cork and is expected to generate 68,000 megawatt hours of clean energy annually

The wind farm will be based in County Cork and is expected to generate 68,000 megawatt hours of clean energy annually

Online retailer Amazon is building a wind farm in Ireland and a solar installation in the U.S. which will boost its renewables capacity by just over 68MW.

The 23.2MW wind project in Cork, Republic of Ireland, is Amazon's second wind farm in the European Union country.

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.

The two projects will supply to the company's Amazonweb services datacenters.

"Major investments in renewable energy are a critical step to address our carbon footprint globally".

A news release posted on the company's website on Thursday says the solar farm proposed for Pittsylvania County is projected to begin producing energy sometime in 2020. The company estimates these renewable energy endeavors to generate approximately 1,342 MW of the global renewable capacity, but experts are of the opinion that Amazon can still achieve a lot more. Industry leadership is key to helping us reach this target.

"Construction will begin on this project this year and will start contributing to Ireland's renewable energy capacity by 2020".

Virginia Senator Mark R. Warner said that it would not only produce a clean source of energy, Amazon would also help in creating new jobs in rural areas as well.

The firm's solar project will be developed in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and will be the seventh farm in the state.

More than half of the 7,000 megawatts (MW) of installed commercial solar capacity in the USA has been installed since 2016, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). This will make it the second Amazon wind farm in the country.

Beyond investments in wind and solar, Amazon has a long history of commitment to sustainability through innovative programs such as Shipment Zero, Frustration-Free Packaging, Ships in Own Container, investments in the circular economy with the Closed Loop Fund, and numerous other initiatives happening every day by teams across Amazon.

Under the deal, Amazon will take 100% of all energy produced at the site at Eske.

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