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A 50-megawatt onshore wind farm in Scotland is now operational, and tech large Amazon will buy all of its output.

According to ScottishPower — which is a part of the Iberdrola Group — the Beinn an Tuirc 3 facility has 14 generators and is ready to produce sufficient electrical energy to energy the equal of almost 46,000 houses.

In an announcement issued Thursday, ScottishPower stated Amazon would buy “100% of the ability output from this windfarm, and the vitality generated will energy Amazon and Amazon Web Services … information centres, company places of work, and fulfilment centres throughout the UK.”

The above association is an influence buy settlement, or PPA. In easy phrases, a PPA refers to a deal the place an vitality producer sells energy to a enterprise at a hard and fast worth over a set time frame.

ScottishPower stated Beinn an Tuirc 3, which is situated on the Kintyre peninsular in western Scotland, had been constructed while not having a authorities assist scheme. PPAs, the corporate stated, offered company prospects with “certainty” in addition to a “discount in their very own carbon footprint.”

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Amazon’s whole carbon footprint hit 60.64 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equal in 2020, a year-on-year enhance of 19%.

The firm’s Scope 1 emissions – that’s, emissions from its direct operations – jumped to 9.62 million metric tons of CO2 equal, a year-on-year progress of 67%.

The firm’s carbon depth for 2020 — grams of CO2 equal per greenback of gross merchandise gross sales — noticed a year-over-year drop of 16%, nonetheless.

The previous couple of years have seen plenty of main companies strike PPAs to purchase renewable vitality. In September, as an example, Norway’s Statkraft stated a long-term buying settlement associated to a floating offshore wind farm dubbed “the world’s largest” had began.

The energy buy settlement between Statkraft and developer Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd sees the previous purchase “all electrical output from the floating wind venture with a assured minimal worth per MWh [megawatt hour] till 2029.”

In July 2020, Danish vitality enterprise Orsted and semiconductor firm TSMC signed 20-year deal that may see TSMC buy all of the output from a 920 MW offshore wind farm off Taiwan.


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