Amazon selects Iberdrola Renewables for developing 208MW wind facility in US

13 July 2015 (Last Updated July 13th, 2015 18:30)

Ecommerce giant Amazon has signed a contract with Spanish energy firm Iberdrola Renewables to develop a 208MW wind farm across Perquimans and Pasquotank counties in North Carolina, US.

Ecommerce giant Amazon has signed a contract with Spanish energy firm Iberdrola Renewables to develop a 208MW wind farm across Perquimans and Pasquotank counties in North Carolina, US.

The farm will be called Amazon Wind Farm US East. It is expected to be operational from December 2016.

Energy generated from the facility will be used by Amazon Web Services (AWS) to meet the power requirements of its cloud data centres.

As well as construction, the Spanish firm will also be responsible for the operation of the facility, which will have the annual generation capacity of about 670,000MWh of renewable energy.

"Once operational, the onshore wind farm will have the ability to meet power requirements of more than 61,000 homes."

Once operational, the onshore wind farm will have the ability to meet power requirements of more than 61,000 homes.

AWS, which is a cloud computing platform under the US based Amazon, had set a target in November 2014 to derive power for its requirements from renewable sources only.

AWS vice-president of infrastructure Jerry Hunter said: "We’ll continue pursuing projects that deliver clean energy to the various energy grids that serve AWS data centres, 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."

Presently, AWS sources 25% of the power consumed by its global data centre infrastructure from renewable sources. It intends to increase its clean power usage to around 40% by the end of 2016.