The Amazon Wind Farm US East will power the company’s datacentres by transferring the energy into the grid.
Seattle-based Amazon Web Services said Monday it has agreed to buy the electricity generated by the 200-megawatt operation to be built near Elizabeth City in rural eastern North Carolina. “This kind of collaboration between Amazon and Iberdrola Renewables promotes North Carolina’s continued economic growth and highlights the importance of supporting the ongoing expansion of the technology sector in our state”. Amazon, the company responsible for the fastest growing infrastructure underpinning our internet, is accelerating its pace toward 100% renewable energy, and now large-scale wind energy will finally come to a part of the country in desperate need of it because of that fact.
The wind farm will be situated in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties, North Carolina, and will be the first utility-scale wind farm in the area.
The wind farm could generate enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes from more than 100 turbines on towers almost 50 stories tall. Amazon still has yet to disclose the energy use of its data center regions or its total footprint, unlike many of its peers.
In addition to the wind and solar farms, AWS is exploring other tools for smarter energy usage, namely Tesla’s recently announced Powerwall battery units.
“We’re far from being done”, he said in a statement.
Amazon was singled out in a Greenpeace report final yr as lagging behind know-how friends resembling Apple, Google and Facebook in adopting renewable power sources to energy Web providers. Amazon followed that up in June with the announcement of the 80 megawatt Amazon Solar Farm US East in Virginia, which has an annual output of 170,000 megawatt-hours.
“Iberdrola is an worldwide leader in developing renewable energy and transmission assets with a long history in wind energy”, said Frank Burkhartsmeyer, Iberdrola Renewables’ US CEO.
And that ambition is important, given that Amazon has so many customers – more than 1 million, by Amazon’s count.