Amazon recently announced their plans to build a 189MW wind farm in Hardin County, Ohio called Amazon Wind Farm US Central 2.
The project will generate 530,000 MWh of energy after operations begin December 2017, enough power for 50,000 homes each year. The wind farm is a collaboration between both Amazon and EverPower, “a leader in utility grade wind projects”.
The wind farm will power Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers located in the AWS US East (Ohio) and AWS US East (North Virginia), which puts them on track to achieve 100% renewable energy production for its global AWS operations.
Vice President, Infrastructure, AW said Peter DeSantis said, “We remain committed to achieving our long-term goal of powering the AWS Cloud with 100 percent renewable energy,”
“There are lots of things that go into making this a reality, including governments implementing policies that stimulate cost-effective renewable energy production, businesses that buy that energy, economical renewable projects from our development partners and utilities, as well as technological and operational innovation that drives greater efficiencies in our global infrastructure. We continue to push on all of these fronts to stay well ahead of our renewable energy goals.”
CEO of EverPower, Jim Spencer said, “We applaud Amazon’s goal to power the global infrastructure for the industry-leading AWS Cloud with renewable energy and are pleased to collaborate in this effort. Leading companies like AWS are enabling the construction of large, utility-scale renewable power projects that will ultimately help to off-set the energy supplied by fossil fuels and create a cleaner, healthier environment for our communities.”