Massive Amazon Wind Farm Opens In West Texas


The wind farm was built and is owned by Lincoln Clean Energy, which develops wind and solar projects, and will be operated by the company.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos christens the company's new Texas wind farm. "These projects also support hundreds of jobs and provide tens of millions of dollars of investment in local communities across the country".

Amazon has expressed a goal of eventually running the company's entire operation on sustainable energy. Apple, meanwhile, already powers all of its data centers through renewable energy sources. In this case, though, the electricity is aimed at offsetting the energy demands of the warehouse-sized data centers that power Amazon's cloud-computing unit.

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Lincoln announced past year that it had secured a corporate power-purchase agreement with Amazon for 90% of the output from the 253MW project - at the time Amazon's largest-ever renewables purchase.

On Thursday, for example, he was busy christening Amazon's new wind farm. According to MarketWatch, the company has further plans to roll out 35 additional clean-energy projects in the coming years.

As of April 2015, approximately 25 percent of the power consumed by Amazon Web Services' global infrastructure came from renewable energy sources.

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"And when this wind farm is complete, it will join our other wind farms in Indiana, North Carolina, and OH, and our solar farm in Virginia", Kara Hurst, director of sustainability at Amazon, said in a blog post.

Amazon will have some company in Texas; Facebook past year announced plans to open a new wind-powered data center in Fort Worth.

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