Iberdrola Renewables LLC will build in North Carolina a 208-MW wind farm under a contract awarded by Amazon Web Services Inc (AWS), the cloud computing unit of Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) said Monday.
The Amazon Wind Farm US East, to be located in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties, will be delivering power to the grid that supplies both current and future AWS Cloud data centers. It is planned to completed by December 2016, when it will start producing 670 GWh annually.
AWS aims to reach 100% renewable energy usage. In April 2015 about a quarter of the power consumed by its global infrastructure was produced by renewable energy plants. Jerry Hunter, Vice President of Infrastructure at AWS, said that the deal with Iberdrola and several previously agreed projects will allow the company to surpass its 40% renewables goal for end-2016.
“We’ll continue pursuing projects that deliver clean energy to the various energy grids that serve AWS data centers, 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,” Hunter said.
Amazon will also be using power from the 150-MW Amazon Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) in Indiana and the 80-MW Amazon Solar Farm US East in Virginia.
Iberdrola Renewables LLC is part of Spanish power utility Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE).