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Amazon and Mitsubishi to set up 450 solar power plants in Japan

Tech giant ties up with trading house to secure electricity for data centers

A West Holdings mega solar plant in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

TOKYO -- Amazon.com will partner with Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp. to build solar power stations in Japan and procure renewable energy from them to supply electricity to its data centers for ten years, Nikkei has learned.

In a rare move for companies in Japan, Amazon will directly contract with power generation operators. This contract -- a corporate power purchase agreement, or PPA -- enables Amazon to procure stable electricity from exclusive renewable energy power stations for the long term, without buying it from electric companies.

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