AWS to build second Amazon Windfarm in Ohio, US

2 November 2016 (Last Updated November 2nd, 2016 18:30)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is planning to build its second windfarm in Hardin County, Ohio.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is planning to build its second windfarm in Hardin County, Ohio.

Expected to be operational in December next year, new farm Amazon Windfarm US Central 2 will have the capacity to generate 189MW of electricity from 530,000MWh of wind energy annually. Amazon has joined EverPower to construct, own, and operate the farm.

AWS Infrastructure's vice-president Peter DeSantis said: "We remain committed to achieving our long-term goal of powering the AWS Cloud with 100% renewable energy.

"We remain committed to achieving our long-term goal of powering the AWS Cloud with 100% renewable energy."

“There are lots of things that go into making this a reality, including governments implementing policies that stimulate cost-effective renewable energy production, businesses that buy that energy, economical renewable projects from our development partners and utilities, as well as technological and operational innovation that drives greater efficiencies in our global infrastructure.

“We continue to push on all of these fronts to stay well ahead of our renewable energy goals.”

The new windfarm is AWS’s fifth renewable energy project in the US. It is planned to deliver energy onto the grid powering AWS' data centres in US East (Ohio) and US East (N. Virginia) regions. In total, the company's five renewable energy projects will generate a grand total of 2.2 million MWh of energy annually, which is enough to power almost 200,000 US homes.

Amazon Windfarm US Central (100MW) in Paulding County was the company's first windfarm project. It will start producing wind energy in May 2017.

Currently under construction, Amazon Windfarm US East (280MW) in North Carolina is expected to start generating electricity by December this year.

The other two AWS renewable energy projects, Amazon Windfarm Fowler Ridge (100MW) in Indiana and Amazon Solarfarm US East (80MW) in Virginia, are currently in production.