AWS to open new wind farm in US

aws-wind-farmAmazon Web Services (AWS) today announced Amazon Wind Farm US Central 2, a new 189 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Hardin County, Ohio. This is AWS’s fifth renewable energy project globally and its second wind farm in Ohio.

Amazon said the Wind Farm US Central 2 is expected to generate more than 530,000 MWh of energy annually starting in December 2017, enough to power approximately 50,000 US homes per year.

Amazon has selected EverPower to construct, own, and operate the new wind farm. AWS’s fifth renewable energy project in the United States will deliver energy onto the electric grid powering AWS data centers located in the AWS US East (Ohio) and AWS US East (N. Virginia) Regions.

AWS’s five renewable energy projects will generate a grand total of 2.2 million MWh of energy annually – enough to power almost 200,000 U.S. homes.

In November 2014, AWS shared its commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for the global AWS infrastructure footprint. AWS is on track to exceed its 2016 goal of 40 percent renewable energy use. AWS says its new goal is to use 50 percent renewable energy by the end of 2017.

This second Ohio wind project joins Amazon Wind Farm US Central (100MW) in Paulding County, which AWS announced in November 2015 and will start producing wind energy in May 2017.

Other AWS renewable energy projects in the US include Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge (100MW) in Indiana and Amazon Solar Farm US East (80MW) in Virginia – both of which are currently in production. Amazon Wind Farm US East (280MW) in North Carolina is under construction and expected to start generating electricity by December 2016.

“We remain committed to achieving our long-term goal of powering the AWS Cloud with 100 percent renewable energy,” said Peter DeSantis, vice president, Infrastructure, AWS.

Jim Spencer, CEO of EverPower, said EverPower has seven active projects in four states producing a total 752 MW of energy, with a near-term pipeline of an additional 2,000 MW.

Amazon is investing in several other clean energy activities across the company. Examples of other projects include Amazon Wind Farm Texas – a 253MW wind farm in Scurry County, Texas — green rooftops, and the District Energy Project that uses recycled energy for heating Amazon offices in Seattle.

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