Jack Quann
Jack Quann

11.40 1 Aug 2019


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Online retail company Amazon has purchased a second wind farm in Ireland.

The Cork project will supply clean energy to the company's web services data centres that power Amazon.

Once complete, the wind farm will provide 23.2 megawatts (MW) of renewable capacity, with expected generation of 68,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy per year.

It has also bought a solar farm in the US state of Virginia - the company's 65th and 66th renewable energy projects respectively.

Amazon says these two farms are expected to begin producing clean energy in 2020.

Globally, the firm has 66 renewable energy projects - including 51 solar rooftops.

Amazon An Amazon wind farm in Texas | Image: Amazon

Kara Hurst is director of sustainability at Amazon.

She says: "Playing a significant role in helping to reduce the sources of human-induced climate change is an important commitment for Amazon.

"Major investments in renewable energy are a critical step to address our carbon footprint globally.

"We will continue to invest in these projects, and look forward to additional investments this year and beyond."

Environment Minister Richard Bruton adds: "This project is another example of [Amazon Web Services] commitment to renewable projects in Ireland, adding clean energy to the grid, and supporting Ireland's climate commitments.

"Construction will begin on this project this year and will start contributing to Ireland's renewable energy capacity by 2020."

This is the company's second wind farm in Ireland.

Back in April, it announced it was to buy all the energy from a wind farm in Co Donegal.


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