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Amazon to bring solar farm to Mississippi

On Wednesday, Amazon announced their plans to build a solar farm in Mississippi.

In the announcement, the technology company said they will be constructing 14 new projects in North America and Europe, officially making them the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in not only the United States but globally.

The projects bring Amazon’s total renewable energy investment to 10 gigawatts of electricity production capacity—enough to power 2.5 million U.S. homes. The goal, according to their website, is to power 100 percent of its activities with renewable energy by 2025.

“We’re driving hard to fulfill The Climate Pledge—our commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement,” Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said. “Our investments in wind and solar energy in the U.S. and around the world send a signal that investing in green technologies is the right thing to do for the planet and citizens—as well as for the long-term success of businesses of all sizes across all industries everywhere.”

The solar project coming to Mississippi will be in Scott County and is set to be completed by 2024. The announcement also stated that the new projects will support “hundreds of jobs while providing hundreds of millions of dollars in investment in local communities.”

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