Amazon Texas project goes online

UNITED STATES: The wind farm providing Amazon with its largest power purchase agreement (PPA) to date has been commissioned.

Amazon now owns 18 wind and solar projects across the US

The 100-turbine, 253MW Amazon Wind Farm Texas in Scurry County in the west of the state is the company’s 18th wind or solar project, according to the internet giant.

The project, owned and developed by Lincoln Clean Energy, comprises 110 of GE’s 2.3-116 turbines and provides US storage and information management services firm Iron Mountain with 25.3MW of power, with the remainder going to Jeff Bezos’ company.

The PPA would help Amazon towards its long-term goal of powering its global infrastructure with 100% renewable energy, the company said.

Amazon’s 227.7MW portion from the site will power one of its data centres for the company’s cloud computing arm.

"Investing in renewable energy is a win-win-win-win — it’s right for our customers, our communities, our business, and our planet," said Kara Hurst, Amazon’s worldwide director of sustainability.

"We now have 18 wind and solar projects across the US with more than 35 projects to come."

Amazon also buys power from a 208MW project in North Carolina, 100.8MW site in Ohio and 150MW wind farm in Indiana, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.