Amazon announces massive Texas wind project - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  September 15, 2016

Amazon announces massive Texas wind project

Though the majority of Amazon Inc.'s recent renewable energy deals have been inked through its cloud computing segment, Amazon Web Services, the parent company announced its very own Sept. 15. 

The e-commerce giant is planning to purchase approximately 90% of the power generated from a new, 253-MW wind farm being built in Scurry County, Texas, Amazon said in a news release. The facility, named "Amazon Wind Farm Texas," will generate 1,000,000 MWh of wind energy annually from more than 100 turbines. Set to begin operations in late 2017, the wind farm will be Amazon's largest renewable energy project to-date.

Amazon contracted with Lincoln Clean Energy, who will construct, own and operate the new wind farm.  Lincoln Clean Energy, which develops of wind and solar projects across the U.S., is a portfolio company of I Squared Capital, a global infrastructure fund.

"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 Director of Sustainability Kara Hurst said in a statement. "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 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 Cloud data centers. The five projects together are expected to generate more than 2.6 million MWh of renewable energy each year, the company said. 

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