Amazon has announced its largest wind farm to date – a new 253 MW wind facility in Scurry County, Texas, that will generate 1,000,000 MWh of wind energy annually, which is enough energy to power almost 90,000 U.S. homes.
The wind farm, Amazon Wind Farm Texas, will include more than 100 turbines, each with a rotor diameter twice as long as the wingspan of a Boeing 747.
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 (AWS) Cloud data centers. The five projects together will generate more than 2.6 million MWh of renewable energy each year – enough to power more than 240,000 U.S. homes.
Scheduled to open in late 2017, Amazon Wind Farm Texas will be the company’s largest renewable energy project to date.
Amazon says it contracted with wind and solar project developer Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE), which will construct, own and operate the new wind farm. According to the online retailer, it will purchase about 90% of the power generated by the wind farm.
“We applaud Amazon’s leadership in directly purchasing renewable power,” said Declan Flanagan, founder and CEO of LCE. “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.”
Amazon Wind Farm Texas is one of several clean energy initiatives Amazon is undertaking to add renewable energy to the electrical grids supplying AWS Cloud data centers, green rooftops and the District Energy Project that uses recycled energy for heating offices in Seattle.