Amazon builds wind farm in Brazil. Operation begins in 2024

Amazon builds wind farm in Brazil.  Operation begins in 2024

Amazon’s first wind farm in Brazil is in Rio Grande do Norte and will begin operating in 2024.| Photo: Disclosure/Amazon

Amazon’s first wind farm in Brazil will come into operation in 2024. The Seridó Wind Complex is under construction in Rio Grande do Norte, one of the most suitable states in the country for generating energy from winds.

When ready, the park will have an installed capacity of 49.5 megawatts (MW) and will be able to generate 255 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per year. The complex is a project developed by the company Elera Renováveis.

This is the second renewable energy project by Jeff Bezos’ company in Brazil. Last year, Amazon reported investing in a 122 MW solar park.

The energy generated in the parks in Brazil will be directed to datacenters (data processing centers) and Amazon operations, in addition to supplying communities close to where they are installed. The objective is that both will also help the company achieve net zero emissions in all its operations by 2040.

In total, Amazon has 479 wind and solar projects spread across the world. When all are operating, the estimate is to generate 71 thousand GWh per year – enough to supply 6.7 million homes in the United States.

“Amazon is on track to power 100% of our operations with renewable energy by 2025 as part of our Climate Pledge commitment to achieve net-zero carbon by 2040, and our renewable energy projects in Brazil are an important part of that effort,” said Cleber Morais, regional director of Amazon Web Services (AWS) for Latin America and the Caribbean.

According to the company, the construction of the new wind farm created around a thousand job vacancies, half of which were filled by workers from local communities in the interior of the state.

The wind farm’s turbines are 150 meters in diameter. A drone was used to install the overhead transmission line conductors for the wind farm.

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