Canadian Government adds $28.6M for renewable energy
The official dedication of the Caribou Wind Park in New Brunswick took place today, July 28, 2010, in which Member of Parliament for Miramichi, Tilly O'Neill-Gordon, proclaimed an additional $28.6 million investment will go into the project over course of the next ten years. The investment will be made via the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program.
"The Government of Canada's support for the Caribou Wind Park is another example of our action to increase the supply of clean, renewable energy to Canadians," commented Ms. O'Neill-Gordon. "This project is an innovative example of a clean energy technology that is helping to create high-quality jobs and a sustainable energy source for New Brunswick's future."
The Caribou Wind Park is comprised of 33 wind turbines with a total generating capacity of 99 megawatts, equating to two percent of the electricity generation capacity on the province. The wind park, operated by GDF SUEZ North America is the Company’s first power-generation project in the province.
"Now in our third wind-facility partnership with ecoENERGY, it is clear that industry and government working together is not only valuable but necessary for the success of building new energy projects, especially those in the renewables sector," stated Paul Cavicchi, Executive Vice-President of Business Development for GDF SUEZ Energy North America. "We are pleased to have invested in the Maritimes through goods and services and hundreds of jobs, and we look forward to a long-term commitment in the region."
The $1.5 billion ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program offers an incentive of one cent per kilowatt-hour in an effort to increase Canada’s renewable electricity capacity by over 4,000 megawatts, which is enough to power one million homes. Canada’s Economic Action Plan will add another $2.4 billion for supporting the development and deployment of cleaner energy technologies, in addition to the Clean Energy Fund and the Green Infrastructure Fund.
Amazon's renewable energy projects surpass 200 milestone
Amazon claims it is now Europe's largest corporate buyer of renewable energy as its projects surpassed 200 globally.
Broken down, it has 136 solar rooftops on facilities and stores and 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects, nine of which were announced today covering the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and UK. They include:
First solar project paired with energy storage Based in California’s Imperial Valley, Amazon’s first solar project paired with energy storage allows the company to align solar generation with the greatest demand. The project generates 100MW of solar energy, and includes 70MW storage.
It now has more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes a year, and aims to power all its activities with renewables by 2025 and net zero by 2040.
Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commit ment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 53 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.
A map of all of Amazon’s renewable energy projects around the world can be found here.