Amazon announced its first utility-scale renewable energy projects in India – three solar farms located in the state of Rajasthan. These include a 210 MW project to be developed by India-based developer ReNew Power, a 100MW project to be developed by local developer Amp Energy India, and a 110MW project to be developed by Brookfield Renewable. Combined, these solar farms have the capacity to generate 1,076,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy per year, enough to power over 360,000 average-sized households in New Delhi annually. Amazon’s solar projects in Rajasthan will help to increase the availability and affordability of renewable energy in India, by enabling new capacity beyond what is available on the grid today. Additionally, Amazon announced 23 new solar rooftop projects on its fulfillment centers across 14 cities in India, which have the capacity to generate an additional 4.09 MW of renewable energy. This brings the total number of solar rooftop projects in India to 41 with 19.7 MW of
renewable energy capacity, which will contribute to powering Amazon’s fulfilment network in India.
“We are bringing new wind and solar projects online to power our offices, fulfillment centers, data centers, and stores, which collectively serve millions of customers globally, and we are on a path to reach 100% renewable energy across our entire business by 2025” said Adam Selipsky, CEO of Amazon Web Services. “Around the world, countries are looking to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy, and continued investments like ours can help accelerate their journey as we all work together to mitigate the impacts of climate change.”
“We are pleased to see how policy reforms by the government over the last several years are enabling use of renewable energy by the Industry thus providing means to achieve their sustainability goals,” commented Dinesh Dayanand Jagdale, Joint Secretary for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). “Corporate off-takers of renewable power, such as Amazon, are an increasingly important source of investment for renewable energy projects across India. These investments in large-scale projects like the ones announced today are adding significant volumes of new renewable power to the grid, to the benefit of all Indian consumers. We have been working with industry to creatively unlock more such private sector investments in renewable energy projects. We hope that the policy reforms that we have enacted in India to enable this will serve as a model globally for countries seeking to bring corporate renewable energy investments to accelerate their transition to a greener energy future.”
Amazon’s project with ReNew Power is a 210 MW solar farm in Rajasthan — considered to be one of the largest solar corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) by a technology company in India — and the largest single business-tobusiness (B2B) project that ReNew Power is developing in India. “As we support India’s historic clean energy transition, our work with global leaders such as Amazon is critical in decarbonizing the corporate sector and the broader economy. Leading organizations like Amazon set an example for other companies globally to adopt clean energy sources and, accelerate the energy transition, a pre-requisite to meet our net-zero goals,” said Sumant Sinha, Founder, Chairman and CEO, ReNew.