Tech giant Amazon is investing in its first Canadian wind farm.
The company announced it will partner with developer Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on a 495-megawatt wind farm to be built in Vulcan County in southern Alberta.
Thursday’s announcement marks Amazon’s fourth renewable energy project in Canada and follows the recent opening of the company’s Travers solar project, also located in southern Alberta and the largest solar park never built in Canada.
This project, along with the recently announced wind farm, will help power Amazon’s local operations in Alberta, including its fulfillment centers, sortation centers, delivery stations and Amazon Web Services data center.
Amazon has also already invested in a smaller solar farm in Newell County, Alberta, and a rooftop solar project at an Amazon delivery station in Nisku, Alberta.
The company is one of a growing number of large companies seeking to meet their own environmental commitments by purchasing long-term renewable electricity contracts called power purchase agreements.
Alberta’s electricity market, in particular, has seen a significant increase in business-to-business power purchase agreements in recent years – a trend that has contributed to the rapid growth of the renewable energy sector in Province.
“Amazon is showing strong leadership by outsourcing the renewable energy it needs to power its operations in Alberta,” said Evan Wilson, vice-president of policy at the Canadian Renewable Energy Association.
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“There is similar demand from corporate customers across Canada who want to power their operations with renewable energy. »
Amazon has committed to powering its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2030 and says it is on track to achieve that goal ahead of schedule.
The company currently has 479 wind and solar projects worldwide.
Besides Amazon, other companies that have signed agreements to purchase renewable energy in Canada in recent years include RBC, Shopify, Telus and Ikea.
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