Amazon’s first 2 renewable energy projects in China are expected to generate enough electricity for 250,000 Chinese homes per year

As one of the largest economies in the world, China has made clean energy commitments to help build a long-term sustainable economy. With Amazon’s first wind and solar farm in China now producing clean energy, Amazon is contributing to China’s clean energy future.

These large-scale renewable energy projects represent 200 megawatts (MW) of clean energy capacity and are expected to produce 496,000 megawatt hours (MWh) each year, the amount of electricity needed to power 250,000 Chinese homes. In addition to the clean energy these projects now generate, they also drive investment in local communities by making environmental, economic and educational contributions.

“Amazon is committed to and invests in sustainability because it’s a win-win situation – it’s good for the planet, for business, for our customers, and for our communities,” said Elaine Chang, vice president and General Manager of Amazon Web Services for the Greater China Region. “It’s exciting to see Amazon’s first two large-scale renewable energy projects in China generating clean power for the country’s grid. By becoming operational, these projects help China meet its renewable energy goals. We also support local customers with the world’s most comprehensive and widely adopted cloud offering to build and implement solutions that meet their sustainability goals.

China is committed to obtaining 1,200 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar power capacity to help power its economy with clean energy. He has already made significant progress on this goal. By the end of 2021, China had installed 1,000 GW of renewable energy capacity— more than any other country. Most recently, in June, China announced new plans to ensure its grids will generate a third of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.

In addition to providing clean energy, these projects offer innovations that benefit local communities.

Amazon China–Shandong Solar Park

Amazon Solar Farm China–Shandong is located about 500 km south of Beijing, China, in Shandong province. The solar farm comprises 420,000 panels over 1.5 square miles. The project has brought significant economic benefits with the 139 million dollars (1 billion yuan) invested. At the height of its development, the project created more than 800 construction jobs.

Beyond the economic benefits, the project is unique because Tongwei, the developer of the solar farm, also specializes in aquaculture. The solar farm is built around a fishery and integrates the production of photovoltaic energy by converting sunlight into electricity above water and the production of marine life safely underwater, which is reflected in the simultaneous harvesting of solar energy and South American white shrimp, sea cucumber, grouper and other aquatic organisms. The developer has also built an exhibition center, a science education base and several leisure and entertainment facilities. Today, government agencies and students regularly visit and learn about clean energy, aquaculture, and technology.

Amazon’s solar farm in Shandong, China, which includes fishing and educational programs for students and government agencies.

Amazon Wind Farm China–Qian’an

Wind turbine blades rotate at China’s first Amazon wind farm in the northwest region of Jilin province. The 100 MW wind farm is expected to produce 340,000 MWh of clean energy each year.

Like its solar counterpart to the south, CLP Holdings Limited, the developer of Amazon Wind Farm China–Qian’an, is committed to the local community. This included donating to Qian’an County for COVID relief measures, distributing medical supplies to local residents, and organizing tree planting on World Environment Day to promote sustainability. importance of environmental protection. Joseph Law, Managing Director for China at CLP Holdings Limited, said, “We are pleased to support Amazon on its decarbonization journey. In addition to harvesting wind power to add more clean, renewable energy to the grid, this project contributes to a greener community by organizing tree planting campaigns in the neighborhood.

An image of a wind farm in China
The Amazon Wind Farm in Jilin, China.

Amazon’s commitment to sustainability

Amazon has enabled 379 renewable energy projects that have the capacity to generate more than 18.5 GW and deliver 50,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy per year, enough to power more than 4.3 million average U.S. homes .

Amazon achieved 85% renewable energy across its operations in 2021 and is on track to power its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of its original 2030 commitment. 100% renewable energy commitment was announced in 2019 when Amazon co-founded The climate commitmentthus becoming the first signatory and setting a goal of meeting the Paris Agreement 10 years earlier by achieving net zero carbon by 2040.

Learn more on Amazon commitment to sustainability.

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