Monday, July 13, 2015

Amazon Web Services to Build 208 MW Wind Farm in North Carolina

Amazon Web Services has contracted with Iberdrola Renewables to construct and operate a 208 megawatt (MW) wind farm on 22,000 acres of sparsely populated land in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties, North Carolina.

Amazon Wind Farm US East is expected to start generating approximately 670,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually starting December 2016.  The energy generated will be delivered into the electrical grid that supplies both current and future AWS Cloud data centers.

“This agreement, and those previously in place, puts AWS on track to surpass our goal of 40 percent renewable energy globally by the end of 2016,” said Jerry Hunter, Vice President of Infrastructure at Amazon Web Services. “We’re far from being done. We’ll continue pursuing projects that deliver clean energy to the various energy grids that serve AWS data centers, we’ll continue working with our power providers to increase their renewable energy quotient, and we’ll continue to strongly encourage our partners in government to extend the tax incentives that make it more viable for renewable projects to get off the ground.”

  • In November 2014, Amazon Web Services announced its long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for its global infrastructure. 

  • In April 2015, AWS announced that approximately 25 percent of the power consumed by its global infrastructure was from renewable energy sources with a goal of increasing that percentage to at least 40 percent by the end of 2016.