Amazon to deploy 170MW-plus of new PV via ventures in Spain, US and Australia

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Amazon has become one of the world's top solar PPA offtakers as it works to reach net-zero emissions by 2040. Image credit: Amazon

Amazon has set its sights on markets across the world’s four corners for its new solar projects, a 170MW-plus trio it is aiming to complete over the next few years.

On Thursday, the e-commerce giant unveiled plans to deploy a 50MW new solar farm in the Spanish region of Aragón, to the northeast of capital Madrid, by 2021.

The solar installation in the Zaragoza province is the second Amazon is to sponsor in Spain, following its announcement last December of a 149MW utility-scale project to the south in Seville.

Also this week, the American multinational revealed it is to develop its first renewable facility in Australia, a 60MW installation towards the north of the state of New South Wales.

The group’s Australian green energy debut is meant to go live in 2021, after which point it should generate 142GWh of solar electricity every year.

Amazon’s new Spanish and Australian projects will be joined by a third solar venture in its home country the US, a 65MW, 150GWh-a-year installation in Virginia’s Halifax County.

According to the firm, the scheme brings its renewable project count up to 11 in Virginia. In the west of the state, an 82MW PV venture was announced in January that will power Amazon’s second global headquarters, planned just across Washington DC in Virginia’s Arlington.

Top PV offtaker Amazon inks Aussie deal with Canadian Solar

Amazon’s new solar trio was announced this week alongside a 122MW onshore wind project the firm wants to deploy in the Västernorrland county, northern Sweden.

The online retailer is working to reach net-zero emissions by 2040, coupled with renewable goals set for 2024 (80%) and 2030 (100%) to help decarbonise its power supply.

The group’s renewable buildout campaign has so far seen it announce 26 utility-scale PV and wind projects, a 2.2GW pipeline set to generate power of 6.2TWh once operational.

Direct developments aside, Amazon has also become one of the world’s top solar PPA offtakers, with last year’s purchases of 900MW only surpassed by Google (2.7GW) and Facebook (1.1GW).

The firm’s signed PPA volume enjoyed a boost also this week, when news emerged of a deal it has inked to purchase power from an Australian solar project by Canadian Solar.

In a statement, Canadian Solar said Amazon will be the off-taker for the 146MWp/110MWac Gunnedah bifacial solar farm, although it did not shed light on PPA terms and duration.

The deal for the project in New South Wales is Canadian Solar’s first PPA in the Australian state and represents, the firm say, a “strategic entry” into the country’s segment for large C&I customers.

The prospects and challenges of solar's new era in the US will take centre stage at Large Scale Solar USA 2020 (Austin, Texas, on 23-24 June 2020).

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