Amazon to build Texas wind farm

WCN Editorial Team 19 Sep 2016 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Online retailer Amazon has unveiled plans for the construction of a new 253MW wind farm in Scurry County, Texas.

The project, named Amazon Wind Farm Texas, will be built, owned and operated by Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE). Amazon will purchase nearly 90% of the power generated by the facility.

The wind farm will comprise over 100 turbines, each having a rotor diameter twice as long as the wingspan of a Boeing 747.

The development is set to generate 1M MWh of wind energy annually following its launch in late 2017. The energy generated is expected to be sufficient to power about 90,000 US households.

Lincoln Clean Energy founder and CEO Declan Flanagan said: “We applaud Amazon’s leadership in directly purchasing renewable power. Direct purchasing by large, long-term thinking customers like Amazon has quickly become a key driver of the transition to renewable power across the U.S.”

Amazon director of sustainability Kara Hurst said: “We’re excited to work with the community in Scurry County and Lincoln Clean Energy to generate 1M MWh of renewable energy each year from West Texas.

“Amazon Wind Farm Texas is our largest renewable energy project to date and the newest milestone in our long-term sustainability efforts across the company.”

The firm has previously announced the construction of wind and solar farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. Together, these projects are expected to generate over 2.6M MWh of renewable energy annually — enough to power over 240,000 US households.

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.

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