Amazon unveiled on Thursday its largest renewable energy project to date: a mammoth wind farm in Texas.
When it opens next year, the west Texas farm will generate 1 million megawatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power nearly 90,000 US homes, Amazon said. The farm will include more than 100 turbines, each with a rotor diameter twice as long as the wingspan of a Boeing 747, the company said.
The wind farm in Scurry County, Texas, is one of several clean-energy initiatives the company has undertaken in recent years to support current and future Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud data centers. AWS estimates that 40 percent of its infrastructure will be powered by renewable energy sources by the end of year, up from about 25 percent in 2015. The company aims to eventually have its global AWS infrastructure powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
Other Amazon wind and solar farms have been previously announced in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia, which, when combined with the Texas wind farm, will produce 2.6 million megawatt hours of electricity each year, enough to power 240,000 US homes.