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This 1st e-commerce giant to set up solar farm in India

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Sep 22, 2022 6:00 PM

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Amazon announced on September 21 that it will build three solar farms in Rajasthan with a total capacity of 420 megawatts (MW). This will be the first time the e-commerce giant establishes a solar farm in India.

Power purchase agreements (PPAs) have been signed for a 210-MW project to be developed by ReNew Power, a 100-MW project to be developed by Amp Energy India, and a 110-MW project to be developed by Brookfield Renewable Partners, according to a statement.

New solar rooftop projects

Further, Amazon will set up 23 new solar rooftop projects — with a capacity to generate an additional 4.09 MW of power — across 14 cities in India. This would increase its total number of solar rooftop projects in the country to 41 with 19.7 MW of renewable energy capacity.

“Amazon is committed to helping scale corporate renewable energy procurement options in the country, bringing associated green jobs and investments to more parts of India,” said Abhinav Singh, director, customer fulfilment, supply chain and Amazon Transportation Services, at Amazon India. Combined, these farms have the capacity to 
generate 1.07 million MW hours of renewable energy annually, enough to power over 360,000 average-sized households in New Delhi a year.

Amazon, the world's largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy, now has 379 renewable energy projects in 21 countries, including 154 wind and solar farms and 225 rooftop solar projects, totaling 18.5 GW of renewable energy capacity. The company now has 57 renewable energy projects in the Asia-Pacific region. The company stated that by the end of 2021, it would have achieved 85% renewable energy across its operations.

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