Amazon buys 759MW offshore wind farm to power European operations

Online shopping giant Amazon has invested in the 759MW Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farm being developed off the west coast of the Netherlands, and will acquire half of the wind farm’s output to help power the company’s operations across Europe.

With the finalizing of a raft of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in December totalling 3.4 GW– consisting of power from the 96.6 MW Hawkesdale wind farm on the borders of the Victorian Western District town of Hawkesdale– Amazon ended up being the world’s biggest business buyer of eco-friendly energy, with 4GW of sustainable power acquired in 2020.

This week, however, Amazon announced that it had actually invested in the newly-renamed Amazon-Shell HKN Offshore Wind Project, a 759MW offshore wind project being constructed 18.5-kilometres off the coast of the Netherlands near the town of Egmond aan Zee.

The task, established by CrossWind– a joint venture in between Shell Nederland and Eneco– is anticipated to be completed and operational by the end of 2023, or early 2024.

Expected to consist of 69 11MW wind turbines, the project is anticipated to create 3.3 TWh annually.

Image credit: https://www.crosswindhkn.nl/windfarm CrossWind won the tender to build the task in

the middle of 2020, an aid complimentary offshore wind task that will not just consist of 759MW of offshore wind power, however likewise consist of a floating solar park, shot-term battery storage, and a green hydrogen electrolyser for additional storage. Amazon’s financial investment in the

project will even more support the advancement of the job, while also guaranteeing purchase of the project’s electrical power. The investment is the most recent in a long line of renewable resource financial investments and jobs Amazon has actually backed and developed. The company presently purchases electrical power from 187 solar and wind tasks around the world, generating over 6.9 GW and providing the business more than 20 million MWh of electrical power each year. Amazon’s sustainable investments and PPAs includes 62 utility-scale wind and solar jobs, as well as an additional 125 solar roofs on fulfilment centres and sort centres around the planet.

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