Amazon plans renewable energy project for Lee County

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LEE COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- One of Amazon’s newest renewable energy solar projects is coming to Lee County.

Amazon announced its investments in three new renewable energy projects across the United States and Spain.

The giant's newest U.S. projects will be located in Lee County and Frederick County, Virginia. Both sites are expected to generate almost 400,000 MWh of renewable energy annually.

To date, Amazon has launched more than 70 renewable energy projects that provide 1,900 MW of renewable capacity and are projected to deliver more than 5.3 million MWh of renewable energy annually. The three new Amazon renewable energy solar projects will provide an estimated 329 MW of additional renewable capacity once complete.

Lee County will also be the site of Amazon’s first large-scale renewable energy project in Illinois.

“As we work to put our state on a path to 100% clean and renewable energy, Illinois is proud to have Amazon invest in a major solar project in our state,” said Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. “Addressing climate change will take all of us working together, and leadership from state governments and the business community will demonstrate how we can sustainably power a modern economy and create good-paying jobs.”

Amazon announced The Climate Pledge earlier this year, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net zero carbon by 2040.

The company plans to run on 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030, according to the director of sustainability.