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Amazon announces solar project in Kent County

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Amazon Wednesday announced 37 new renewable energy projects, including one in Delaware, as part of its plan to power 100% of its operations with renewable energy by 2025 — five years ahead of the original target.

The Delaware project is a 74.4-megawatt project that will be dubbed: Amazon Solar Farm Delaware – Cedar Creek.

A specific site has not been identified, with a 2024 deployment date listed on a map from the company. No price tag was listed, although similar projects come with a $70 million of more price tag.

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It will represent Amazon’s third solar investment in Delaware, joining existing locations in New Castle County and on-site at its fulfillment center in Middletown. It will be the company’s first investment in Kent County. In addition, Amazon is adding a delivery center in Seaford in Sussex County.

A large-scale project known as Cedar Creek is moving into the land use process in Kent County, leading to concerns from farmers and others about utility-scale solar projects taking away farmland. As a result, a Kent County Council member has proposed a moratorium on large-scale solar projects while standards are developed, DelawareOnline (subscription) reported.

The new projects increase the capacity of Amazon’s worldwide renewable energy portfolio by nearly 30%, from 12.2 gigawatts to 15.7, and bring the total number of renewable energy projects to 310 across 19 countries. The additional 3.5 GW of clean energy capacity from these new projects extends Amazon’s position as the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy and advances its efforts to meet The Climate Pledge, a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040—10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement, a release stated.

Sites vary, with three new wind farms, 26 new solar farms, and eight new rooftop solar installations at its buildings around the world. As a result of these projects, Amazon now has a total of 310 renewable energy projects, including 134 wind and solar farms and 176 rooftop solar projects.

Amazon also continues to invest in renewable energy projects paired with energy storage. The energy storage systems allow Amazon to store clean energy produced by its solar projects and deploy it when solar energy is unavailable, such as in the evening hours or during periods of high demand.

The new projects include a 300-megawatt (MW) solar project paired with 150 MW of battery storage in Arizona and a 150 MW solar project paired with 75 MW of battery storage in California.

The largest project in the U.S. is a 500-megawatt solar farm in Texas. Click here for an interactive map of projects.

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