Amazon Announces Seventh Utility-Scale Renewable Energy Project in India
The 198 MW wind project will come up in Osmanabad, Maharashtra
E-commerce company Amazon now has 50 wind and solar projects across India and a cumulative 1.1 GW of renewable energy capacity, following its latest announcement of a new 198 MW wind project in Osmanabad, Maharashtra.
The wind project is Amazon’s seventh utility-scale renewable energy project announced in India. The company has also announced a total of 43 rooftop solar projects, which are helping to power local Amazon facilities. The projects are targeted to generate the energy equivalent of powering more than 1.1 million homes in New Delhi annually.
“Rapidly scaling renewable energy is one of the most effective strategies to address climate change, and these efforts can be especially impactful in India, where the country’s leaders are focused on transitioning the country away from fossil fuels,” said Abhinav Singh, Vice President of Operations at Amazon India.
Amazon said it is the largest global corporate buyer of renewable energy since 2020. Its wind and solar energy farms in India have generated an investment of $347 million (~₹ 28.8 billion) between 2014 and 2022. The projects have contributed over $87 million (~₹ 7.19 billion) to the country’s gross domestic product.
“We welcome Amazon’s renewable energy investments in India as it encourages more corporates to purchase renewable energy in the country, accelerating our path to meet our 2030 goals,” said Dinesh Dayanand Jagdale, joint secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
The company has mentioned its close collaboration with policymakers, regulators, and broad groups of industry stakeholders to expand corporate renewable energy procurement options in India. In 2022, Amazon announced its first set of utility-scale renewable energy projects in India, comprising three solar power projects with a cumulative capacity of 420 MW.
The same year, Amazon also announced its plan to install 37 new renewable energy projects totaling 3.5 GW globally, which aligned with its target to achieve 100% of its operations powered by clean energy sources by 2025.