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Amazon is launching renewable energy projects in Virginia and Ireland

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Watch as LightSail 2 deploys its boxing ring-sized sail and feast your eyes on beautiful photos of Earth it has snapped while in orbit. A news release posted on the company's website on Thursday says the solar farm proposed for Pittsylvania County is projected to begin producing energy sometime in 2020. It says it will produce 45 megawatts of renewable energy capacity. The online shopping giant says the energy would be used to power the company's Amazon Web Services datacenters. The news release didn't give the exact location of the solar farm.

Apple seeks to sell excess solar power

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Store timed to coincide with Tuesday's annual celebration of Earth Day in Sydney, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. SAN FRANCISCO -- In addition to iPhones and Macbooks, Apple could start selling consumers another desired product – energy. The technology giant filed a tariff application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday asking to sell energy that it makes at solar plants and other renewable energy facilities, including biogas and hydroelectric plants, to consumers at a market-based price. Apple made the request through Apple LLC, an energy subsidiary stationed in Delaware operated entirely by Apple headquarters in California. Private companies are currently allowed to sell their excess power, but can only sell to energy companies at wholesale rates.

Google: These five datacenters are now running on carbon-free clean electricity


Google has revealed that five of its datacenters are now running almost entirely on carbon-free'clean' electricity. According to Urs Hölzle, Google's senior vice president of cloud infrastructure, the search and ad giant buys power from more than 50 renewable energy projects, and has a capacity of 5.5 gigawatts, which equates to about one million solar rooftops. Google announced the update in line with this week's Earth Day on April 22, a campaign to raise awareness about environmental issues which has been running since 1970. Data centers that power the cloud have become a major source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and tech giants have been showcasing their progress in making the infrastructure that delivers email, productivity apps, e-commerce and games less harmful to the environment. Google CEO Sundar Pichai today noted the company's existing goal of operating entirely carbon-free by 2030 rather than offsetting its carbon footprint. "Within a decade we aim for every Google data center, cloud region, and office campus to run on clean electricity every hour of every day," writes Pichai.

Sony vows to use 100 percent renewable electricity by 2040


Sony is the latest tech giant pledging to power its worldwide operations with 100 percent renewable energy. All of its 111 global business sites -- which produce everything from games consoles and semiconductors to Hollywood blockbusters -- will go green by 2040, says the company. Of course, that deadline is decades away, so in the interim it plans to reach at least 30 percent by 2030. The move sees Sony joining Facebook, Google and Microsoft (along with 140 other businesses) in the RE100 club: a collaborative initiative of companies committed to 100 percent renewable energy use by 2050. And boy does Sony need this: the Japanese titan was stuck at just 5 percent green energy in fiscal 2017 and flunked Greenpeace's tech report card with a woeful D-rating the same year.

ENERGY ATLAS reveals 100% renewable energy is viable now


But politicians must un-rig the rules favouring polluting energy monopolies and get behind citizens building Europe's 100% renewable future."