Amazon has attempted to rival Tesla on nearly every front, including a recent announcement of its large-scale plans within the renewable energy market.
Following the announcement of 14 new renewable energy projects throughout North America and Europe – totaling 10 gigawatts of electrical capacity or enough to power 2.5 million U.S. homes – Amazon has become the largest corporate U.S. renewable energy buyer, according to a press release.
Amazon’s renewable energy projects are currently being launched in the U.S., Canada, Finland, and Spain, and the move supports its goal to reach net-zero carbon by 2040.
There are 11 new projects in the U.S., including the first solar projects in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania. The other projects are the largest solar farm in Canada, Amazon’s first renewable energy project in Finland, and the company’s fifth project in Spain.
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In a statement, Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said, “Our investments in wind and solar energy in the U.S. and around the world send a signal that investing in green technologies is the right thing to do for the planet and citizens—as well as for the long-term success of businesses of all sizes across all industries everywhere.”
Alongside its endeavors into renewable energy, Amazon is already testing electric delivery vans, and the company recently also announced its purchase of 1,000 self-driving systems from AI-truck startup Plus, also gaining the ability to buy up to 20 percent stake in the company.
Amazon also revealed its autonomous taxi concept from Zoox, which has already begun testing operations in San Francisco, Foster City, and Las Vegas.
Zachary Visconti is a writer with a knack for electric vehicles, technology, and climate change. Currently residing in Fort Collins, Colorado, Zach loves his partner, his cat, and a good cup of coffee.