Amazon Builds 208 MW Wind Farm

July 14, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

amazon energy manageAmazon Web Services contracted with Iberdrola Renewables to construct and operate a 208 MW wind farm in North Carolina called the Amazon Wind Farm US East. This new wind farm is expected to start generating about 670,000 MWh of wind energy annually starting December 2016. When completed, it will be the first utility-scale wind farm in the state of North Carolina, with the energy generated delivered into the electrical grid that supplies both current and future AWS Cloud data centers.

In November 2014, AWS shared its long-term commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for the global AWS infrastructure footprint. In January 2015, Amazon announced a renewable project with the Amazon Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) in Benton County, Indiana, which is expected to generate 500,000 MWh annually. In April 2015, Amazon announced a pilot of Tesla’s energy storage batteries that are designed to help bridge the gap between intermittent production, from sources like wind, and the datacenter’s constant power demand.

In June 2015, the company announced Amazon Solar Farm US East in Virginia, which is expected to generate 170,000 MWh of solar power annually. Together with Amazon Wind Farm US East announced today, Amazon’s renewable projects will be responsible for delivering more than 1.3 million MWh.

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