Amazon’s fight against climate change continues. In its latest move, the e-commerce giant has signed a deal to purchase 380 megawatts (MW) of wind power from Hollandse Kust Noord, a wind farm off the Dutch coast being developed by The Crosswind, a consortium made up of oil major Royal Dutch Shell and Eneco, a Netherlands-based energy company owned by Japanese company Mitsubishi.
According to Amazon, this project, known as the Amazon-Shell HKN Offshore Wind Project, is also the largest single project for renewable energies at one location to date.
The wind farm is expected to be operational by 2023 with an installed capacity of 759 MW. This means that from 2024 Amazon will buy 50% of its total electricity for operation in Europe, including 250 MW from Shell and 130 MW from Eneco.
This project brings Amazon one step closer to its goal of becoming a 100% renewable energy company by 2025, five years ahead of its original target announced in late 2019 as part of its climate pledge.
Amazon has since made significant investments in renewable energy. In 2020, it became the largest corporate consumer of renewable energy after announcing 127 solar and wind energy projects with an output of 6.5 gigawatts (GW) by December 10, 2020.
With its latest offshore wind project, Amazon’s global wind and solar projects now total 187 with a capacity of 6.9 GW.
Lately, Amazon has been consistently hitting the headlines for its clean energy initiatives. The first of its three wind farms in Ireland came on line earlier this month, and the company just ordered more than 1,000 natural-gas engines for its distribution fleet. These moves reflect Amazon’s commitment to becoming net-zero carbon by 2040.