Amazon announces three new wind farm projects to power AWS

Renewable energy projects located in the US, Ireland and Sweden will supply clean energy to cloud giant


Amazon has launched three new wind farm projects as it aims to power all of the global infrastructure required for Amazon Web Services (AWS) with renewable energy.

The three wind farms will generate a combined total of 229MW of power, equating to more than 670,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy annually, and will be located in the US, Ireland and Sweden.

Peter DeSantis, vice-president of global infrastructure and customer support at AWS, said: "Each of these projects brings us closer to our long-term commitment to use 100% renewable energy to power our global AWS infrastructure. These projects are well-positioned to serve AWS data centers in Ireland, Sweden and the US. We expect more projects in 2019 as we continue toward our goal of powering all AWS global infrastructure with renewable energy."

Combined with the nine renewable energy projects AWS has already announced or completed, the cloud service will have the capacity to generate more than 2.7m MWh of renewable energy annually, which could power a city approximately the size of Nashville, Tennessee.

In the US, a 47MW wind farm will be built in California's Tehachapi Mountains, which is already home to some of the US's largest wind farms.

California state senator Jerry Hill, who is also a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications, remarked: "This announcement from AWS is great news, not just for California, but for the entire country, as it reaffirms our role as a leader in renewable energy and allows us to take an important step forward on deploying the clean energy we need to respond to climate change."

In Ireland, Amazon has committed to buying the energy from a 91.2MW wind farm in Donegal which is expected to be online by the end of 2021, leading Ireland Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to state that Amazon's decision was "very encouraging".

In Sweden, Amazon will purchase 91MW of power from a wind farm in Bäckhammar, which will be expected to deliver power by the end of 2020.

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