Amazon announces the start of operations for their largest wind farm to date, located in Scurry County, Texas.
The Amazon Wind Farm Texas project will generate enough electricity to power 90,000 homes and provide 1,000,000 MWh of energy to the grid each year.
Each of the more than 100 wind turbines are 300 ft tall with a rotor diameter of more than double the wingspan of a Boeing 787 airplane.
Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, christened the wind farm by smashing a bottle of champagne at the top of one of the wind turbines, sharing the gif on his Twitter, which eventually went viral:
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) October 19, 2017
In response to the inauguration, Amazon’s Worldwide Director of Sustainability, Kara Hurst said, “Investing in renewable energy is a win-win-win-win – it’s right for our customers, our communities, our business, and our planet. We now have 18 wind and solar projects across the U.S. with more than 35 projects to come. These are important steps toward reaching our long-term goal to power our global infrastructure using 100% renewable energy. We’d like to thank the leaders at LCE, the Scurry County community, and our partners across the country who are helping us continue to bring new renewable energy online.”
Founder and CEO of LCE (the owner and developer of the project), Declan Flanagan said, “I applaud Amazon’s leadership in supporting renewable power. Corporations like Amazon have become a major force in the transition to renewable power, and with their involvement, we look forward to producing power in Scurry County for years to come.”
Scurry County Judge, Ricky Fritz said, “Scurry County has long been a hub for the energy industry and we’re excited to expand our commitment to wind power generation with Amazon and LCE. The wind industry has boosted the Texas economy with jobs, revenue to area landowners, and property taxes that support our schools.”