Amazon recently announced plans to build a 253MW wind farm in Scurry County, Texas.
The wind farm will be commissioned towards the end of 2017 and will be the company’s largest to date. The project will provide enough power for 90,000 US homes, generating 1 million MWh annually and will include 100 wind turbines, each with a rotor diameter twice as large as the wingspan of a Boeing 747 airplane.
Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) will own, construct and operate the wind farm, while Amazon will purchase 90% of the energy generated.
Director of sustainability at Amazon, Kara Hurst said:
“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. 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.”
Founder and CEO of Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan said:
“We applaud Amazon’s leadership in directly purchasing renewable power. Direct purchasing by large, long-term thinking customers like Amazon has quickly become a key driver of the transition to renewable power across the U.S.”
According to the press release: 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.