Amazon has announced “Amazon Wind Farm Texas,” a new 253-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Scurry County, Texas, that will generate 1,000,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of wind energy annually. Amazon Wind Farm Texas will include more than 100 turbines, each with a rotor diameter twice the length of a Boeing 747’s wingspan.
Scheduled to open in late 2017, Amazon Wind Farm Texas will be the company’s largest renewable energy project to date. Amazon previously announced wind and solar farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia that deliver energy to the electrical grids supplying both current and future Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud data centers. The five projects together will generate more than 2.6 million MWh of renewable energy.
“Amazon Wind Farm Texas is our largest renewable energy project to date and the newest milestone in our long-term sustainability efforts across the company.”
“We’re excited to work with the community in Scurry County and Lincoln Clean Energy to generate 1,000,000 MWh of renewable energy each year from West Texas,” said Kara Hurst, director of sustainability, Amazon. “Amazon Wind Farm Texas is our largest renewable energy project to date and the newest milestone in our long-term sustainability efforts across the company.”
Amazon contracted with Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE), who will construct, own and operate the new wind farm. Amazon will purchase about 90% of the power generated by the wind farm. LCE is a leading developer of wind and solar projects across the United States and is a portfolio company of I Squared Capital, a global infrastructure fund.
Amazon Wind Farm Texas is one of several clean energy initiatives Amazon is undertaking. Examples of other projects include wind and solar farms to add renewable energy to the electrical grids that supply AWS Cloud datacenters, green rooftops, and the District Energy Project that uses recycled energy for heating offices in Seattle. For more information on Amazon’s sustainability initiatives, visit www.amazon.com/sustainability.
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