AWS targets renewable energy projects in Japan
Amazon is said to be in talks with Japanese power companies and trading houses to build its first renewable-energy power plant in the country.
AWS has seven data centers in two cloud regions in Japan in Tokyo and Osaka, and is looking to source renewable energy to power facilities and help the company meet its sustainability goals.
Nikkei reports that a Japanese trading house (large conglomerate companies, also known as Sogo shosha) is hoping to bid on an offshore wind farm project near Akita Prefecture that would supply power to Amazon, while that Amazon is also in talks with power companies to build a new solar power plant.
Amazon told Nikkei that the company will buy new power plants on an exclusive basis rather than sourcing renewable energy from existing suppliers.
According to the US Energy Information Administration, about 10% of Japan’s energy comes from renewable sources. The country relies heavily on oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG), but the Japanese government has set a target of 22-24% of the country’s energy from renewable sources by 2030.
Amazon recently announced that it is now producing 8.5 GW of renewable energy in more than 200 projects around the world and that it is expected to reach 100% renewable energy by 2025; ahead of its initial 2030 target.
While the company has dozens of renewable projects in the United States and Europe, it only has two in Asia. The company has a developing 100 MW solar farm in Shandong, China, as well as a 50 MW solar project in Singapore in partnership with Sunseap Group.