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New Amazon wind farm opens with 100 turbines

By Dan Wilson October 19, 2017 - 5:30 pm

Amazon has opened its largest wind farm yet called the Amazon Wind Farm Texas. It will generate more than 1,000,000 MWh of clean energy every year and feed it into the grid.

Amazon has already launched 18 wind and solar projects across the USA already with over 35 more in the pipeline but the Texas wind farm is the biggest so far. Together, these projects will generate enough clean energy to power over 330,000 homes annually.

Amazon Wind Farm Texas includes more than 100 turbines each over 300 feet tall with a rotor diameter more than twice the wingspan of a Boeing 787.

Kara Hurst, Amazon’s Worldwide Director of Sustainability says of the development: “Investing in renewable energy is a win-win-win-win – it’s right for our customers, our communities, our business, and our planet. We now have 18 wind and solar projects across the U.S. with more than 35 projects to come. These are important steps toward reaching our long-term goal to power our global infrastructure using 100% renewable energy. We’d like to thank the leaders at LCE, the Scurry County community, and our partners across the country who are helping us continue to bring new renewable energy online.”

In addition to its investment in renewable energy, Amazon’s commitment to sustainability includes innovations like Frustration-Free Packaging programs, which eliminated more than 55,000 tons of packaging last year, the District Energy system at its HQ in Seattle that heats more than 3 million square feet of office space using recycled heat from a nearby non-Amazon data center and other projects. You can read more here.

Whilst Amazon has mentioned in the past that it’s investing in renewable energy generation, the scale of the project is extensive and remarkable. Of course, it makes sense not just from a reputation perspective but seeing as they use such a lot of energy, it does make a lot of sense to generate as much of that yourself. Especially if you’re committed to technology and futurism.

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