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EDP Renewables to build Amazon's 100MW wind farm in US

CTBR Staff Writer Published 20 November 2015

EDP Renewables has been selected by Amazon Web Services(AWS), a subsidiary of e-commerce firm Amazon.com, to build and operate a 100MW wind farm in Paulding County, in the US state of Ohio.

The planned wind farm, Amazon Wind Farm US Central, is in line with the company's commitment to power its global infrastructure with 100% renewable energy.

In May 2017, the Amazon Wind Farm US Central will start generating 320GW of clean energy annually that will be enough to cater to the electricity needs of over 29,000 US homes.

The energy generated will be fed into the electrical grid that supplies to both current and future AWS Cloud data centers.

Amazon Web Services infrastructure vice president Jerry Hunter said: "We continue to pursue projects that help to develop more renewable energy sources to the grids that power AWS datacenters and bring us closer to achieving our long term goal of powering our global infrastructure with 100 percent renewable energy.

"Our previously announced renewable energy projects put AWS on track to surpass our goal of 40 percent renewable energy globally by the end of 2016. This latest project, Amazon Wind Farm US Central, pushes our renewable energy percentage ever higher."

AWS will also implement energy efficiency strategies at its facilities, in addition to launching projects aimed at increasing the availability of renewable energy resources on the electrical grid.

In addition to Amazon Wind Farm US Central, AWS is also developing Amazon Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) in Benton County, Indiana, Amazon Solar Farm US East in Virginia and Amazon Wind Farm US East in North Carolina.

Amazon said that all its renewable projects will supply over 1.6 million MWh of additional renewable energy to electric grids across the central and eastern US.