Today we announced our largest renewable energy project to date, Amazon Wind Farm Texas. It’s the newest renewable energy project in our long-term sustainability efforts across Amazon, which include wind and solar farms, green rooftops, and the District Energy Project—a system we built in Seattle to heat our office buildings with recycled energy. Amazon Wind Farm Texas will be built in Scurry County, in the western part of the state. There will be more than 100 turbines, each with a diameter twice as long as the wingspan of a Boeing 747, and they’re scheduled to start delivering energy to the grid by late 2017.
We’re excited to work with the community in Scurry County and a great team to generate more clean energy and bring additional jobs and investment to the area. This group effort will generate 1,000,000 megawatt hours of wind energy annually – that’s enough energy to power almost 90,000 American homes for a year. And when this wind farm is complete, it will join our other wind farms in Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio, and our solar farm in Virginia. The four previously announced wind and solar farms deliver energy to the electrical grids supplying both current and future Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud data centers. The five projects together will generate more than 2.6 million megawatt hours each year – enough to power more than 240,000 homes.
We’re excited to break ground in West Texas and we’ll keep you posted on our progress. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about Amazon’s sustainability initiatives, you can visit www.amazon.com/sustainability.