Amazon’s first Australian utility-scale renewable energy projects are now delivering clean energy to the Australian grid.
The two solar farms in regional New South Wales (NSW) – one in Gunnedah and another in Suntop – are two of the 310 renewable energy projects across 19 countries helping Amazon stay on its path to powering its operations with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of its original goal of 2030.
In 2020, Amazon announced its commitment to offtake 262 megawatts (MW) combined in clean energy capacity across three utility-scale renewable projects in Australia.
Now, two of the projects are operational.
Amazon Solar Farm Australia – Gunnedah and Amazon Solar Farm Australia – Suntop will aim to generate 392,000 MWh of renewable energy each year, equal to the annual electricity consumption of 63,000 Australian homes.
Once Amazon Wind Farm Australia – Hawkesdale also becomes operational, it will boost the projects’ combined yearly renewable energy generation to 717,000 MWh or enough for nearly 115,000 Australian homes.
At re:Invent 2021, Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced the Sustainability Pillar as part of the AWS Well-Architected Framework, to help customers minimise the environmental impacts of running cloud workloads.
It provides design principles, operational guidance, best-practices, potential trade-offs, and improvement plans customers can use to meet sustainability targets for their AWS workloads.
The Sustainability Pillar is available to customers and AWS Partners at no additional charge in the AWS Management Console and is offered in all Regions where the AWS Well-Architected Tool is available.
In March Amazon launched the AWS customer carbon footprint tool, a dashboard that allows users of AWS and our services to calculate their organisation’s carbon emissions, understand the emissions reductions realised by moving to AWS, and forecast how those numbers will change over time.