Amazon has announced an upcoming solar farm project in the US which will be located in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The solar farm will be the seventh such project for the company in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Once complete, the new solar farm will provide 45 MW of renewable capacity and is expected to generate 100,000 MWh of clean energy annually. The project is expected to begin producing clean energy in 2020.
Amazon’s investments in renewable energy were recently recognized in the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) 2018 Solar Means Business Report, which ranked Amazon #1 in the U.S. for amount of corporate on-site solar installed in 2018, and #2 for total amount of solar installed to date. Amazon’s solar projects in the U.S. have offset the CO2 equivalent of more than 200 million miles of truck deliveries.
“Playing a significant role in helping to reduce the sources of human-induced climate change is an important commitment for Amazon,” said Kara Hurst, Director of Sustainability, Amazon. “
Asked about the latest project, Virginia Senator Mark Warner (D), said, “This solar energy project in Pittsylvania County will lead to a cleaner environment and more jobs in the community.”