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Thursday 22 August 2019

Cork wind farm gains Amazon investment

Green focus: Amazon has renewable energy projects around the world
Green focus: Amazon has renewable energy projects around the world
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

E-commerce giant Amazon is to invest in a wind farm in Esk, Co Cork.

It is the company's second renewable energy development in Ireland, with the other farm located in Donegal.

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Once complete, it will provide 23.2 megawatts of renewable capacity, and is expected to generate 68,000 megawatt hours of clean energy each year.

"Playing a significant role in helping to reduce the sources of human-induced climate change is an important commitment for us," said Kara Hurst, director of sustainability at 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."

The developer and owner of the wind farm is Invis Energy.

Amazon will take 100pc of the energy from the project, which will be online in September 2020.

David Connolly, head of the Irish Wind Energy Association, said the development was "fantastic news and a terrific vote of confidence in our industry".

"Wind is the cheapest renewable energy on the market and increasingly competitive with fossil fuels. In the coming years, we hope policymakers and industry will work together to ensure we can offer the best possible electricity prices to deliver more deals like this," Mr Connolly said.

The news was welcomed by both IDA Ireland and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton, who described it as "another example of Amazon's commitment to renewable projects in Ireland".

Amazon is also developing a renewable energy project in the United States, which will be located in Virginia's Pittsylvania County.

Both the Irish and US projects will supply energy to the company's Amazon Web Services data centres.

When opened, they will bring the number of renewable energy projects to 66.

Irish Independent

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